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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 46 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 3 Dec. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GY9T7LO
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Bayliss is a PI living in a world of mean streets, dangerous dames and blurred morality. It's a world we're all familiar with, even if we haven't read the books - though I have to say, Tregillis lays on the argot so thick that in places it's hard to tell what Bayliss is actually saying - and for all I know, he's invented half of it anyway.
The first thing a shabby but upright PI needs is a dame in distress - and Tregillis gives Bayliss Molly, who is certainly more than he bargains for: a roundly drawn and far from stereotypical heroine, she can hold her own with him and with the hoodlums (natural and supernatural) she encounters in this book. The biggest problem she has is that she's actually dead... Or is she? Because Bayliss is more than your typical PI. He's actually an angel (fallen, naturally) and he's investigating the greatest murder of history - the slaying of one of the Seraphim, Gabriel...
Against the background of a near future world, beset by environmental catastrophe and supernatural menace, Bayliss and Molly need to decide how far they can trust each other, work out what's really going on - and save the universe.
I loved Tregillis's Miltonesque/ Gnostic universe, which comes complete with Powers, Thrones, Dominations and all the other sub-orders of angels but is also underpinned by some serious theoretical physics.Read more ›
And let's be fair. Even the most honored and classic noir, (say either the book or even moreso the movie version of "The Big Sleep"), is loaded with loose ends, coincidences and plot holes. Angel books often play fast and loose with religious doctrine and the rigorous Aquinas vision of heaven. Quantum fiction is always willing to go all gobbledy meta-verse whenever it finds itself backed into a corner. There are twenty cheesy mysteries published for each good one that plays fairly by all of the rules. So, I'm willing to cut an author a lot of slack if he wants to really reach out there and try something challenging.
That's what our author does, and to my mind he succeeds admirably. The overall plot follows most of the noir requirements. More to the point, the main protagonist is an angel who amuses himself by adopting noir mannerisms, including the snappy patter, and by modeling the realities and fictions he fashions from day to day on noir scenes, (greasy spoon diners, and so on). It's about as realistic as when the crew of the Enterprise goes to the holodeck to pretend they are in Prohibition-era Chicago. But hey, those episodes are fun.
The plot could turn on government graft, or drug running, or extortion, or "Chinatown" style corruption. But the author gives us a corrupt, scheming, sort of mob controlled heaven, where God could be played by Edward G. Robinson.Read more ›