Bone Song

John Meaney, Author . Bantam Spectra $24 (370p) ISBN 978-0-553-38514-4

This mélange of mystery, dark fantasy and over-the-top gothic horror marks a dramatic departure from Meaney’s existential SF epic, the Nulapeiron Sequence. In Tristopolis, where corpses are incinerated by the thousands to produce the “necroflux” that sustains the city and its undead inhabitants, police lieutenant Donal Riordan learns that a disturbingly well-organized cult is killing the world’s most talented artists. Tasked with keeping a visiting opera diva safe, the intrepid cop soon finds himself caught up in a sweeping necromantic conspiracy that could involve the very highest ranks of government. Meaney makes extensive use of dark colors and gothic imagery (“a golden clock, formed of interlocking metal bones”; “the bat-winged ambulance”), and Tristopolis is at times more fascinating than its inhabitants or the relatively conventional hard-boiled story line. With many plot threads left untied or simply ignored, readers will have to wait until future installments to pass judgment on this ambitious saga. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 12/24/2007
Release date: 02/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 346 pages - 978-0-575-07955-7
Mass Market Paperbound - 452 pages - 978-0-553-59095-1
Open Ebook - 372 pages - 978-0-553-90469-7
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