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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (175 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Toby Ball Narrator: Michael Agostini Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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In a dystopian 1930s America, a chilling series of events leads three men down a path to uncover their city's darkest secret. At the height of the most corrupt administration in the City's history, a mysterious duplicate file is discovered deep within the Vaults - a cavernous hall containing all of the municipal criminal justice records of the last seventy years. From here, the story follows: Arthur Puskis, the Vault's sole, hermit-like archivist with an almost mystical faith in a system to which he has devoted his life; Frank Frings, a high-profile investigative journalist with a self-medicating reefer habit; and Ethan Poole, a socialist private eye with a penchant for blackmail.

All three men will undertake their own investigations into the dark past and uncertain future of the City - calling into question whether their most basic beliefs can be maintained in a climate of overwhelming corruption and conspiracy.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/12/2014

    " This book reminded me a bit of The Yiddish Policemen's Union. It was very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 1/16/2014

    " Very short staccato chapters are a bit off-putting at first but once the plotlines start to come together it really heightens the tension in this noir crime novel. Quite an enjoyable find. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 1/8/2014

    " Really great book. Can't put it down good. Especially Mr. Puskis would have loved more of him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanie Fisher | 12/26/2013

    " I had high hopes - archives, noir, dystopian 1930s...I wanted to like it but the writing and plot fell flat for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kris | 12/21/2013

    " Too weird for me. If I can't get interested in 50 pages, off it goes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eli | 9/22/2013

    " I love this noir! Frankly, I'm at a loss to understand how it is that so many other reviewers say they "just couldn't get into it" or it didn't "grab them". What exactly do you need people?! This is gripping, stylish, cool, and just a great read. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olga Morrill | 8/16/2013

    " Intriguing - IF you can keep the characters straight! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 reed | 8/7/2013

    " I enjoyed reading it, especially the kidnapping sequence. A well-built world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evelyn | 6/24/2013

    " I started this book but couldn't get in to it. The plot is quite intriguing, but the writing is complex and it just didn't grab me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/18/2012

    " Pretty good, not super suspenseful but an interesting film noir type mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 8/30/2012

    " I was really excited to read this but I couldn't get into it. I liked the characters but they didn't develop as much as I would have liked them to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eboni | 8/26/2012

    " perfect sleuth book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roxanne | 7/15/2012

    " More than half way the book just petered out - turned into an old school crime novel without suspense. Pretty boring all in all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 5/19/2012

    " Toby Ball creates a great tale, but more impressively takes a groundbreaking new approach to a dystopian thriller. The writing, perspective and pacing are among the best I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Shoemaker | 3/3/2012

    " Surreal and gritty, a good combination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 11/6/2011

    " Engaging page turner in a kinda noir-comic book meets Brazil kind of way. A quick, enbertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olga | 10/24/2011

    " Intriguing - IF you can keep the characters straight! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judd | 6/14/2011

    " That sucked and its a damned shame because the writing wasn't terrible and there were really interesting ideas about how information is catalogued and the power of information but it was lost in really lukewarm wanna-be noir lost in a sea of gender bullshit.

    Ah well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/6/2011

    " I enjoyed the fast pace of this novel. It would have been better if I could have read it faster, but with 2 toddlers at home it's kinda hard. I loved the character development and the way they were connected. The ending was great!
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanie | 5/23/2011

    " I had high hopes - archives, noir, dystopian 1930s...I wanted to like it but the writing and plot fell flat for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 4/26/2011

    " This is more science fiction than mystery, but I got into it and couldn't put it down. Hard getting started. Very Jasper Fforde- ish. Brave new world and corrupt government at work in the 1930's but could be anytime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 4/9/2011

    " Interesting novel but not very noteworthy. I thought there were too many story lines occurring simultaneously for this book to have a good focus.

    There were several typographic and grammatical errors throughout the book, but I've seen worse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 reed | 3/17/2011

    " I enjoyed reading it, especially the kidnapping sequence. A well-built world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 2/22/2011

    " Engaging page turner in a kinda noir-comic book meets Brazil kind of way. A quick, enbertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tutti | 1/16/2011

    " It all begins when an Archivist discovers two files with the same call number. Stylish noir with a smattering of the period patois I love so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 12/7/2010

    " I was really excited to read this but I couldn't get into it. I liked the characters but they didn't develop as much as I would have liked them to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kris | 11/27/2010

    " Too weird for me. If I can't get interested in 50 pages, off it goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/11/2010

    " Will say a bit on the blog (Borges, synthetic languages, metadata); in short it was a very satisfactory piece of noir. I may have read too much VanderMeer and Mieville recently, but it seemed to fit well with their work - in spite of having zero 'fantastic' elements. "

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