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The First Stone (Strange Trilogy)

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Private eye Felix Strange doesn't work homicide cases. He saw enough dead bodies fighting in Iran, a war that left him with a crippling disease that has no name and no cure. So when Strange is summoned to a Manhattan hotel room to investigate the dead body of America's most-loved preacher, he'd rather not get involved.
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published by John Murray (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mieneke
Jul 22, 2014 Mieneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
June’s Hodderscape Review title was an interesting choice. At first blush, Elliott Hall's The First Stoneseemed more a crime thriller than an SFF novel, however there are certainly speculative elements to the story. Most of these are due to the narrative’s dystopian tendencies and near future setting. It made for a fascinating and somewhat chilling world and one whose elements are frighteningly plausible.

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Anna
Nov 29, 2016 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, scifi, crime, noir
'The First Stone' is a basic noir-crime-mystery novel, distinguished by its setting. In this world, America is ruled by a shadowy council of Christian elders, religious police vie with the FBI, and Tehran has been destroyed during the US invasion. The world-building is interesting, but the plot features most of what you'd find on a noir bingo card. Bitter, tough, and laconic PI with substance problem who plays by his own rules, check. His long-suffering pal in the police, check. A gorgeously ...more
parseraisin
Jun 30, 2009 parseraisin rated it it was amazing

This book is about an America of nightmares, set in the near distant future or a quasi-parallel present. The novel's strongest points are its razor sharp characters -- protagonist Strange, the penitent Iris, Benny the profane and the sinister sylph Lim -- and dialogue that is at once fresh and evocative of noir novels of the past. I don't often read crime fiction, but this worked on so many levels and was so well crafted that I was hooked just a few pages into Sunday.

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Stefan Fergus
Jul 02, 2014 Stefan Fergus rated it really liked it
More like 3.5*. Good setting, writing, and story. Perhaps a tad slower than it could have been? Will read the rest of the trilogy at some point.
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