A Fire in the Sun

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Macmillan, Feb 21, 2006 - Fiction - 289 pages
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Marid Audran has become everything he once despised. Not so long ago, he was a hustler in the Budayeen, an Arabian ghetto in a Balkanized future Earth. Back then, as often as not, he didn't have the money to buy himself a drink. But he had his independence.

Now Marid works for Friedlander Bey, "godfather" of the Budayeen, a man whose power stretches across a shattered, crumbling world. During the day, Marid is a policeman...and Bey's personal envoy to the police. His new position has brought him money and power which he would abandon in a moment if he could return to a life of neither owning nor being owned. Which, unfortunately, isn't one of his options.

It's also not an issue. For something dark is afoot. Something that is sending the city into chaos. Helping a child-mutilator to avoid arrest. Sending a killer to murder Marid's partner. Murdering prostitutes and savaging their remains. Signs point to the hand of Abu Adil—the one man in the city whose power rivals Friedlander Bey's. Whatever happens next, it's not going to be good news for Marid Audran...

 

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User Review  - Shirezu - LibraryThing

The next book in the Marīd Audran is a bit different from the first. Marīd is no longer anyone's favourite person. He's treated like scum by all his old friends for the horrific incident at the end of ... Read full review

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

My reactions on reading this book in 1989. It had a black, grim humor about it that glimmered on and off like a knife blade in an alley. I liked having Mārid Audran back as a policeman. He moves from ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
29
Section 4
42
Section 5
57
Section 6
72
Section 7
88
Section 8
101
Section 12
168
Section 13
182
Section 14
197
Section 15
214
Section 16
226
Section 17
243
Section 18
255
Section 19
267

Section 9
119
Section 10
134
Section 11
154
Section 20
277
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About the author (2006)

A winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, GEORGE ALEC EFFINGER was the author of What Entropy Means to Me, Schrodinger's Kitten, and the "Marid Audrian" sequence that begins with When Gravity Fails. He died in 2002.

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