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Europe in Autumn [Paperback]

Dave Hutchinson
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13 Feb 2014
'Europe in Autumn' is a thriller of espionage and the future which reads like the love child of John le Carre and Franz Kafka. Rudi is a cook in a Krakow restaurant, but when his boss asks Rudi to help a cousin escape from the country he s trapped in, a new career - part spy, part people-smuggler - begins. Following multiple economic crises and a devastating flu pandemic, Europe has fractured into countless tiny nations, duchies, polities and republics. Recruited by the shadowy organisation "Les Coureurs des Bois," Rudi is schooled in espionage, but when a training mission to The Line, a sovereign nation consisting of a trans-Europe railway line, goes wrong, he is arrested, beaten and Coureur Central must attempt a rescue. With so many nations to work in, and identities to assume, Rudi is kept busy travelling across Europe. But when he is sent to smuggle someone out of Berlin and finds a severed head inside a locker instead, a conspiracy begins to wind itself around him. With kidnapping, double-crosses and a map that constantly re-draws, Rudi begins to realise that underneath his daily round of plot and counter plot, behind the conflicting territories, another entirely different reality might be pulling the strings...


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (13 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781081956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781081952
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dave Hutchinson's Europe in Autumn, presents a near-future Europe fractured into hundreds of nations or "polities", each with its own strictly controlled border. The Les Coureurs des Bois is a shady organisation which delivers packages, and sometimes people, across these borders. Estonian chef Rudi, working in Krakow when the novel opens, is drawn into the organisation and finds himself embroiled in ever more complex situations. Hutchinson draws a convincing picture of a fragmented continent - he's especially good at describing the industrial wasteland of the former Poland - as Rudi finds his life under threat. Unable to trust anyone, especially Les Coureurs, Rudi attempts to work out who wants him dead, and why. The author's authoritative prose, intimate knowledge of eastern Europe, and his fusion of Kafka with Len Deighton, combine to create a spellbinding novel of intrigue and paranoia." -- The Guardian

About the Author

Dave Hutchinson was born in Sheffield in 1960. After reading American Studies at the University of Nottingham, he became a journalist. He s the author of five collections of short stories and one novel, and his novella The Push was shortlisted for the 2010 BSFA award for short fiction. He has also edited two anthologies and co-edited a third. His short story The Incredible Exploding Man featured in the first Solaris Rising anthology, and appeared in the 29th Year s Best Science Fiction collection. He lives in north London with his wife and several cats.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Europe in Tatters 27 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Well enough written, but desperately needs to be given a more coherent narrative structure. Ends in mid flight, so presumably this is the first of a series: I wish I had been told that! All in all not as good as if could have been, given that it has an excellent premise and a load of imagination. Perhaps a better editor might have made all the difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and atmospheric 20 Mar 2014
By Sue
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The story made me concentrate, as it built in tension from episode to episode. No speed read for me (though I do with some books!) as there was too much happening that needed keeping track of.
Another excellent read from Mr Hutchinson!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tough to follow but worth the effort 15 Mar 2014
By Gavlar
Format:Kindle Edition
In a lot of ways Europe in Autumn was quite a hard novel to follow, I think this was intentional though, you follow the main character ‘Rudi’ from the start through until about three quarters of the way in directly in short broken stories, from there on in you follow what he is doing now from others accounts of him. The writing of it all is really slick, Hutchinson has a very sharp descriptive fashion all the way through but, as I said, it is a lot of broken up short stories all needing a undivided attention. A brilliant piece of writing but make sure you clear some time before starting or you will be lost pretty quickly.
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