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By Alastair Reynolds

A brand-new novel from "the most enjoyable area opera author operating today"

In a miles far away destiny, an enforcement agent named Quillon has been dwelling incognito within the final human urban of Spearpoint, operating as a pathologist within the district morgue. but if a near-dead angel drops onto his dissecting desk, his international is wrenched apart.

For the angel is a winged posthuman from Spearpoint's Celestial degrees, and with the demise physique comes undesirable news-to retailer the angel's existence, Quillon needs to go away his domestic and shuttle into the chilly and adversarial lands past the town.

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M. ’ He paused and cast his eyes over the corpse, the appropriate observations springing to mind with a minimum of conscious effort. ‘Initial indications are that the corpse is an angel, probably an adult male. Angel appears uninjured, save for impact damage to the wings. There are some longitudinal bruises and scars on the limbs, together with marked subepidermal swelling - recent enough to suggest they might be contributory factors in the angel’s death - but the limbs appear otherwise uninjured, with no sign of major breaks or dislocations.

Malkin asked. ‘Must be getting punchy, because I could have sworn it wasn’t long since your last visit. ’ ‘August. ’ Malkin reached for a bottle behind the bar. ’ Malkin poured out a measure of Red Eye. ‘How’s life down in the morgue, anyway? ’ Malkin put the bottle back on the shelf. ‘You know, we could always use a man with a steady hand on the blade. A man who knows his way around anatomy, so to speak. What to cut and what not to cut, if you get my drift. ’ ‘Well, maybe. But Fray’s not the man he used to be, and my problem is I like to make them squeal.

Yes. They’re like you, to some extent: modified to work down here. But without the expertise you brought to the first infiltration programme, the modifications aren’t as effective. ’ The angel studied him. ’ ‘Chances are they already have you under observation. ’ ‘You’re already hiding and it hasn’t worked. They’ll have a chemical trace on you by now, sniffing you out by your forensic trail. Running’s your only option. Being here is already pushing them to the limit. ’ The angel licked his lips with a fine blue tongue.

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