Dead lies dreaming
Book - 2020
"In a tale of corruption, assassination, thievery, and magic, Wendy Deere must navigate rotting mansions that lead to distant pasts, evil tycoons, corrupt government officials, lethal curses, and her own moral qualms in order to make it out of this chase alive"--Dust jacket flap.
Set in a world adjacent to Stross's popular Laundry Files series (starting with The Atrocity Archive, 2004), Dead Lies Dreaming begins a trilogy where the UK is under New Management and the PM is an Elder God. Wendy Deere is a thief-taker tasked with tracking down supervillians and, when possible, recruiting them to become thief-takers. But her first assignment crashes her into the Lost Boys, four young adults with magical abilities who rob in order for Imp to film his version of Peter Pan. Imp's sister, Eve, works for a megamillionaire hedge fund owner, Rupert Bigge, who is also High Priest of the Mute Poet. To raise the Mute Poet to the earthly plain, Rupert has instructed Eve to retrieve a concordance to the Necronomicon. Stross keeps the action fast-paced as the players cross paths and stumble from one outrageous plot twist to the next. Though fans of the Laundry Files will enjoy this series, readers new to Stross' world will also be joyfully whisked into this fantastic necro/techno-thriller. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.Review by PW Annex Reviews
The madcap 10th entry in Stross's Laundry Files series (following The Labyrinth Index), set in an alternate England where magic is a branch of applied mathematics that coexists alongside technology, finds the country under New Management, as the Elder God who now inhabits 10 Downing Street is referred to. Against this backdrop, the Lost Boys, a gang of superpowered transhuman heisters comprising Imp, the Deliverator, Doc Depression, and Game Boy, use their ill-gotten gains to finance a twisted, outer space–set movie version of Peter Pan. First opposing, then assisting, them is Wendy Deere, transhuman rent-a-cop for HiveCo Security, who has just been promoted to "thief-taker." When Imp's sister, Evelyn Starkey, hires the Lost Boys to steal the Necronomicon, a concordance of spells, for her billionaire boss, the job takes the gang back in time to the mean streets of Whitechapel in 1888. This is like a gonzo riff on Robert A. Heinlein's Magic, Inc., enhanced by imaginative set pieces and plentiful references to classic SFF. Bullets and jokes fly in equal measure, and even if they don't all find their mark, Stross still hits the bull's-eye with this fresh take on the caper genre. Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Assoc. (Oct.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly Annex.
Supernatural crimefighter Wendy Deere pursues the head of a cyberpunk gang to foil a corrupt billionaire’s plot to acquire the world’s sole surviving Necronomicon concordance. By the best-selling author of the Merchant Princes series. 25,000 first printing.Review by Publisher Summary 2
A LAUNDRY FILES NOVEL.In a tale of corruption, assassination, thievery, and magic, Wendy Deere must navigate rotting mansions that lead to distant pasts, evil tycoons, corrupt government officials, lethal curses, and her own moral qualms in order to make it out of this chase alive.Review by Publisher Summary 3
When magic and superpowers emerge in the masses, Wendy Deere is contracted by the government to bag and snag supervillains in Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross' Dead Lies Dreaming: A Laundry Files Novel. As Wendy hunts down Imp—the cyberpunk head of a band calling themselves “The Lost Boys”— she is dragged into the schemes of louche billionaire Rupert de Montfort Bigge. Rupert has discovered that the sole surviving copy of the long-lost concordance to the one true Necronomicon is up for underground auction in London. He hires Imp’s sister, Eve, to procure it by any means necessary, and in the process, he encounters Wendy Deere. In a tale of corruption, assassination, thievery, and magic, Wendy Deere must navigate rotting mansions that lead to distant pasts, evil tycoons, corrupt government officials, lethal curses, and her own moral qualms in order to make it out of this chase alive.