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Europe in Autumn

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It's Europe but not as we know it: a pandemic flu and a series of economic crises have caused the break-up of nation states. Against this murky science fictional background. Rudi, a Polish cook unwittingly becomes a spy and people smuggler and is drawn into a web of intrigue with all the complexity of the best of espionnage thrillers, with nods to Alan Furst and other masters of the shadowy world of Eastern European spy lore. A railway line which has become a sovereign country, a severed head in a locker, kidnappings, double-crosses and an enigmatic map that constantly re-draws himself: all the ingredients for a speculative phantasmagoria with a foot set deep in an unpleasant and parallel reality just an inch away from ours.

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Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson

Rudi is a cook in a Krakow restaurant, but when his boss asks Rudi to help a cousin escape from the country he s trapped in, a new career - part spy, part people-smuggler - begins. Following multiple economic crises and a devastating flu pandemic, Europe has fractured into countless tiny nations, duchies, polities and republics. Recruited by the shadowy organisation Les Coureurs des Bois, Rudi is schooled in espionage, but when a training mission to The Line, a sovereign nation consisting of a trans-Europe railway line, goes wrong, he is arrested, beaten and Coureur Central must attempt a rescue. With so many nations to work in, and identities to assume, Rudi is kept busy travelling across Europe. But when he is sent to smuggle someone out of Berlin and finds a severed head inside a locker instead, a conspiracy begins to wind itself around him. With kidnapping, double-crosses and a map that constantly re-draws, Rudi begins to realise that underneath his daily round of plot and counter plot, behind the conflicting territories, another entirely different reality might be pulling the strings...

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Dave Hutchinson's Europe in Autumn, presents a near-future Europe fractured into hundreds of nations or polities , each with its own strictly controlled border. The Les Coureurs des Bois is a shady organisation which delivers packages, and sometimes people, across these borders. Estonian chef Rudi, working in Krakow when the novel opens, is drawn into the organisation and finds himself embroiled in ever more complex situations. Hutchinson draws a convincing picture of a fragmented continent - he's especially good at describing the industrial wasteland of the former Poland - as Rudi finds his life under threat. Unable to trust anyone, especially Les Coureurs, Rudi attempts to work out who wants him dead, and why. The author's authoritative prose, intimate knowledge of eastern Europe, and his fusion of Kafka with Len Deighton, combine to create a spellbinding novel of intrigue and paranoia.

-- The Guardian


About the Author

Dave Hutchinson

Dave Hutchinson was born in Sheffield in 1960. After reading American Studies at the University of Nottingham, he became a journalist. He s the author of five collections of short stories and one novel, and his novella The Push was shortlisted for the 2010 BSFA award for short fiction. He has also edited two anthologies and co-edited a third. His short story The Incredible Exploding Man featured in the first Solaris Rising anthology, and appeared in the 29th Year s Best Science Fiction collection. He lives in north London with his wife and several cats.

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Book Info

Publication date

14th February 2014

Author

Dave Hutchinson

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Publisher

Solaris an imprint of Rebellion

Format

Paperback
317 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
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ISBN

9781781081952

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