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27 February 2020
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Thriller & suspense; Fantasy; Historical fiction; 19th Century; Magic; Urban Fantasy; Fantasy Alternate History; Thieves
Welcome to a world in which every dark desire is visible, a contagious plume rising from one's offending body, disclosing its vice. A world in which desire has become a language, bodies speaking to one another in many-coloured Smoke. There are those who celebrate this constant whisper of skin to skin, and those who wish to silence it forever. The world stands on a precipice. It is not so easy to know which side to choose.

Erasmus Renfrew, the avowed enemy of Smoke, is Lord Protector of what remains of the English state. Charlie and Livia, who set off a revolution by releasing Smoke upon the world, live in Minetowns, an egalitarian workers' community in the north of England which lives by Smoke. And Elizabeth Renfrew, Erasmus' niece who was the subject of his cruel experiments in suppressing Smoke, is in hiding from her uncle in provincial Canada. What she endured has given her a strange power over Smoke.

Believing her uncle's agents have found her, she flees to New York with a theatre troupe led by Balthazar Black, an impresario with secrets of his own. There they encounter Mowgli, a boy from the jungle whose body was used to trigger the tempest that unleashed the Smoke, now makes a living as a chameleon-like thief in New York.

All these people seek to discover the true nature of Smoke, and thereby control its power. As their destinies entwine, a cataclysmic confrontation looms, and the Smoke will either bind them together or rend the world.
By:   Dan Vyleta
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Digital original
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9780297609964
ISBN 10:   0297609963
Pages:   560
Publication Date:   27 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dan Vyleta is the son of Czech refugees who emigrated to Germany in the late 1960s. After growing up in Germany, he left to attend university in the UK where he completed a PhD in History at King's College, Cambridge. His debut novel, PAVEL & I, gathered immediate international acclaim and was translated into eight languages. His second novel, THE QUIET TWIN, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and his third, THE CROOKED MAID, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the J.I Segal Award. When not reading or writing novels, Dan Vyleta watches cop shows, or listens to CDs from his embarrassingly large collection of jazz albums. He lives in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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