"Russo has an excellent eye for the urban landscape and] the crime writer's well-tuned ear for vernacular ... from street punks right up to the high-level officials." -- Asimov's Science Fiction
In the San Francisco of the future, technology advances while society declines. Against a vividly realized urban backdrop, one of the police force's last honest cops is trying to trace the connection between a series of seemingly unrelated murders. Detective Frank Carlucci manages to thwart his crooked department's efforts to block his investigations -- only to discover an even deeper pit of corruption in the form of a black market run by political officials.
Author Richard Paul Russo twice received the Philip K. Dick Award: in 1989, for his second novel, Subterranean Gallery,
and in 2001 for Ship of Fools.
This hard-boiled thriller is the second volume of the critically acclaimed Carlucci Trilogy, consisting of Destroying Angel, Carlucci's Edge,
and Carlucci's Heart.
All three works offer a gripping combination of classic noir mystery and futuristic cyberpunk fiction.
"One of the best blends of SF and mystery yet written." -- Science Fiction Chronicle
"Russo's latest SF crime novel is mean streets, callous megacorps, venal politicians, and ordinary lowlifes in a jam ... Russo's characters succeed in stirring our empathy, but their strangeness is what holds our attention." -- Analog