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Farthing by Jo Walton
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Mar 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: completed-series

A frighteningly realistic alternate history book set in a world where Britain made peace with Hitler in 1941, certain people are actively persecuted on the European continent and heavily discriminated against in Britain (Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, etc.), and the easy descent into fascism and hate begins.

The murder mystery is the plot device but the really interesting development happens around its investigation. Lucy Eversley Kahn (daughter of highly placed political family who married a Jew) and Inspector Carmichael (astute detective from a working class family who is a secret homosexual) are the two perspectives of the book. Neither thinks things are what they seem and they both "solve" the murder mystery in their own way (but come to the same conclusion).

I am glad to know this is the first of a trilogy because the ending was realistic for the book and utterly chilling. This way I can have hope that things might change. It's not a happy and peaceful read, but it is a very good one.

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