Body Politic
by Paul Johnston

Edinburgh 2020: After years of rioting and chaos, during which time the United Kingdom was dissolved into dozens of warring city-states, Edinburgh achieves stability thanks to the Council of City Guardians and their vision of a new Age of Enlightenment. It becomes the Body Politic.

The Council’s goal of a “perfect” city-where television, private cars, and popular music are banned, and where crime is virtually nonexistent-is shattered when a brutal serial killer is discovered among their ranks. Can the fearsome Ear, Nose and Throat Man be back to his grisly old tricks? The usually complacent Council is forced to turn to the man they demoted years ago-the irreverent, blues-haunted Quintilian Dalrymple-to catch the gruesome killer.


“Exceptional … The plot twists frequently, building up to a jaw-dropping climax. Series followers and newbies alike will be hooked”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Impolitic Corpses

“Excellent ... As the stakes rise, Johnston keeps the logical twists coming while making his dystopian future plausible”

Publishers Weekly on Skeleton Blues

“Johnston's nightmarish Edinburgh is so densely imagined that it'll linger in the memory”

Kirkus Reviews on Skeleton Blues

“Entertaining and educational ... Johnston's books occupy a unique spot in the mystery canon, but Quint is a familiar character, dogged and committed to his work, similar to V. I. Warshawski or Elvis Cole”

Library Journal Starred Review of Heads or Hearts

“Johnston skilfully fleshes out his despotic future, making it easy for readers to buy into his imagined world”

Publishers Weekly on Heads or Hearts

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Body Politic by Paul Johnston is available in the following formats

Ebook978144830043321st November 2011N/A208$10.99
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