Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross presents the next case in The Laundry Files, "a weirdly alluring blend of super-spy thriller, deadpan comic fantasy, and Lovecraftian horror" (Kirkus Reviews). Dominique O'Brien-her friends call her Mo-lives a curious double life with her husband, Bob Howard. To the average civilian, they're boring middle-aged civil servants. But within the labyrinthian secret circles of Her Majesty's government, they're operatives working for the nation's occult security service known as the Laundry, charged with defending Britain against dark supernatural forces threatening humanity. Mo's latest assignment is assisting the police in containing an unusual outbreak: ordinary citizens suddenly imbued with extraordinary abilities of the super-powered kind. Unfortunately these people prefer playing super-pranks instead of super-heroics. The Mayor of London being levitated by a dumpy man in Trafalgar Square would normally be a source of shared amusement for Mo and Bob, but they're currently separated because something's come between them-something evil. An antique violin, an Erich Zann original, made of human white bone, was designed to produce music capable of slaughtering demons. Mo is the custodian of this unholy instrument. It invades her dreams and yearns for the blood of her colleagues-and her husband. And despite Mo's proficiency as a world class violinist, it cannot be controlled.
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About Charles Stross
Charles Stross is
the author of the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series, and
several stand-alone novels, including Glasshouse, Accelerando, and Saturn’s Children.
Born in Leeds, England, in 1964, Stross studied in London and Bradford, earning
degrees in pharmacy and computer science. Over the next decade and a half he
worked as a pharmacist, a technical writer, a software engineer, and eventually
as a prolific journalist covering the IT industry. His short fiction began
attracting wide attention in the late 1990s; his first novel, Singularity Sky, appeared in 2003. He
has subsequently won the Hugo Award twice. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh,
Scotland, in a flat that is slightly older than the state of Texas.
About Elle Newlands
Elle Newlands, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a Scottish actor and a singer-songwriter whose vocals and music have been featured in radio, commercials, film, and television in both Europe and the United States. A classically trained vocalist, she has studied voice with coaches from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, La Scala in Italy, and voice builder Gary Catona. She has shared the bill with a diverse range of musical acts in various genres including Travis, Natalie Imbruglia, and the Pointer Sisters. She has also scored and composed music for film.