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    • ISBN:9781473221529
    • Publication date:23 Aug 2018

By the Pricking of Her Thumb

By Adam Roberts

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One of the four richest people in the world may be dead. But which one? A Kubrickian thriller from one of the world's leading authors of SF.

Private Investigator Alma is caught up in another impossible murder. One of the world's four richest people may be dead - but nobody is sure which one. Hired to discover the truth behind the increasingly bizarre behaviour of the ultra-rich, Alma must juggle treating her terminally ill lover with a case which may not have a victim.
Inspired by the films of Kubrick, this stand-alone novel returns to the near-future of THE REAL-TOWN MURDERS, and puts Alma on a path to a world she can barely understand. Witty, moving and with a mystery deep at its heart, this novel again shows Adam Roberts' mastery of the form.

Biographical Notes

Adam Roberts is commonly described as one of the UK's most important writers of SF. He is the author of numerous novels and literary parodies. He is Professor of 19th Century Literature at Royal Holloway, London University and has written a number of critical works on both SF and 19th Century poetry. He is a contributor to the SF ENCYCLOPEDIA.

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  • ISBN: 9781473221499
  • Publication date: 23 Aug 2018
  • Page count: 272
  • Imprint: Gollancz
Adam Roberts is very good at spinning weird crime tales... this is one to watch out for. — STARBURST
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