By Ian Tregillis
Ian Tregillis's Something greater than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler encouraged homicide secret set in Thomas Aquinas’s imaginative and prescient of Heaven. It’s a noir detective tale starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a clergyman with a filthy mystery, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.
Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has long past lacking, placing Heaven on the point of a really cosmic trouble. however the twisty plot that unfolds from the homicide research ends up in anything a lot greater: a con task one thousand million years within the making.
Because this is often no mere homicide. A small band of angels has made up our minds to wreck out of heaven, yet they wish a human patsy to make their plan work.
Much of the tale is advised from the perspective of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the development of a Marlowe novel—the mysterious dame who wishes his support, getting grilled by means of the bulls, discovering a stiff, getting slipped a mickey.
Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fireplace, and a grand maguffin, Something greater than Night is a homicide secret for the cosmos.
A Kirkus reports Best Fiction ebook of 2013
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She then bid me good evening and withdrew. I had not proceeded many steps on my way homewards when I perceived Mr Lawrence, on his pretty grey pony, coming up the rugged lane that crossed over the hill top. I went a little out of my way to speak to him; for we had not met for some time. ’ said he, after the first few words of greeting had passed between us. ’ ‘Humph! ’ He looked contemplatively at his horse’s mane, as if he had some serious cause of dissatisfaction with it, or something else. ‘Well!
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My first pretext for invading the sanctum was to bring Arthur a little waddling puppy of which Sancho was the father, and which delighted the child beyond expression, and, consequently, could not fail to please his mamma. My second was to bring him a book, which, knowing his mother’s particularity, I had carefully selected, and which I submitted for her approbation before presenting it to him. Then, I brought her some plants for her garden, in my sister’s name—having previously persuaded Rose to send them.
Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis