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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (304 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Courtenay Grimwood Narrator: James Yaegashi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of the celebrated Arabesk series, comes a stunningly inventive novel of futuristic noir set in a world of shifting realities. Here a man is drawn into a gritty postmodern subculture and a secret kingdom of otherworldly beings to find what he lost long ago: a reason to live.

Kit Nouveau figured he’d already come to the end of the world. An Iraqi war veteran, expatriate, and part owner of Pirate Mary’s, the best Irish bar in Tokyo, Kit had settled down to await the inevitable with barely a whimper. It wasn’t exactly how Kit thought he’d end up, and he was right.

It’s going to end up a lot worse.

A teenage runaway with fifteen million dollars in stolen cash and a taste for cosplay is about to save Kit’s life in a lethal swirl of scarlet and bridal lace. Lady Neku, a.k.a. Countess of High Strange, has her own dangerous destiny to fulfill, and it’s mysteriously connected to Kit’s ravaged past. Now Kit’s only hope for redemption is to save an ex-girlfriend he tragically failed once before. But everyone says it’s already too late—and she’s left behind only one ominous clue: her suicide note.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Defiantly individual and works in that interesting margin where myth, futurism, literature, and pop culture all interbreed.”

    Times (London)

  • “Raymond Chandler for the 21st century.”

    Esquire

  • “Grimwood’s latest tale reads as if Kurt Vonnegut were writing manga for the producers of Doctor Who.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With Grimwood you find yourself caught in the enchantment of his fiction until that inevitable moment when something so nasty happens in such clinical detail that you want to look away, only, of course, you can’t…Grimwood’s best novel by far.”

    SFSite.com

  • “Fast yet humane, hip yet bizarre, futuristic yet embedded in the absolute present moment of the world, Jon Courtenay Grimwood’s novels read like thrillers but maintain a kind of caring irony and clarity of political vision which not only make him one of the best of the new UK SF writers but suggest new directions for every kind of writing.”

    M. John Harrison, author of Light

  • A 2007Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ellen | 2/20/2014

    " I have never read anything quite like this before. Sci-fi, love, adventure, politics, traversing time and space. Really quite amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Earball | 2/16/2014

    " A complex, sometimes bewildering, exhilarating ride this. Reminds me a bit of Wim Wender's film "Until the End of the World" -- and not just because of the name. Both could be called science fiction, but the use of fictional technology and settings is secondary to the storytelling. The reader gets the story in pieces, with various tributaries finally flowing together in unexpected ways. It will demand more of your attention than the average thriller, but it's worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by xdroot | 1/25/2014

    " a fun read encompassing japanese culture and the yakuza, english life, a talking cat, a visitor from a future where the moon is 6 slices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dana | 1/18/2014

    " Amazingly original "

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About the Author
Author Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Jon Courtenay Grimwood lives in England. The third book in his acclaimed Arabesk series Felaheen won the 2003 British Science Fiction Association Award, appeared on Locus Magazine’s 2003 Recommended Reading List, and appeared on SFSite’s Best of 2003 list.