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Invisible Streets by Toby Ball
  

Invisible Streets

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US author Ball is slowly building an intriguing body of work that stands head and shoulders apart from much of what his contemporaries in the noir field are doing, having completed with this volume an intricate trilogy in which an unnamed city is the main character. Explored in The Vaults and Scorch City, his plots flirt with SF, comic strip tropes and unveil what could be the even darker side of a Gotham City in which greed, power, corruption and money dictate the agenda and unerringly pump blood and fear through the veins of the city's streets. The struggles of an investigative journalist to understand his shifting environment anchor the tale with echoes of Kafka, Philip K. Dick, Orwell and Hammett. It's the 60s but not as we've known it. Hypnotic and gripping stuff well worth the full immersion effort required.

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Synopsis

Invisible Streets by Toby Ball

The year is 1965, and the City is a hulking shell of itself. Bohemians, crooks, and snarling anti-Communists have their run of the place, but if Nathan Canada has his way, all this decline and decadence will soon be nothing but a distant memory. His New City Project will paper over the grit and the grime, making the City safe for the rich.

According to Canada and his influential allies, the project is the City's last best hope-but according to everyone else in town, it's a death knell. So when the Project's cache of explosives goes missing, everyone is a suspect, and police detective Torsten Grip finds himself up against a ticking clock and a wall of silence. Meanwhile journalist Frank Frings, the last honest man in the City, sets out to find his friend's grandson, who has gotten himself involved with Kollectiv 61, a radical group that Grip believes holds the key to the investigation.

Reviews

'A dark, gritty, and slightly surreal urban thriller that reads like a collaboration between Philip K. Dick at his most nourish and Sidney Lumet. Skilfully plotted and intricately woven, Invisible Streets is one of the most original novels I've read this year.' David Bell, Author of The Forgotten Girl

About the Author

Toby Ball

Toby Ball lives in Durham, NH with his wife and two children. He works at the Crimes Against Children Research Center and the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire.

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Book Info

Publication date

26th March 2015

Author

Toby Ball

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Publisher

Overlook Press an imprint of Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd

Format

Hardback
336 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Action Adventure / Spy
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection

Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780715649886

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