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War of the Maps by Paul McAuley

War of the Maps

Paul McAuley

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Imprint: Gollancz
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 7 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781473217355

Across a massive structure hanging in space, the lucidor hunts a criminal. The maps of the world are under attack from an unknown genetic invader, but nothing is more important than justice.

4 stars out of 5
Simon Ings
27 Mar 2020

"McAuley is a damnably odd writer"

Only Nevil Shute wrote prose more stilted. As for humourlessness, McAuley is without peer. Yet somehow the combination works, positively triumphing here as the Lucidor (he has a name, but never uses it) pursues a former convict, the demonic synthetic biologist Remfrey He, across a vast but gimcrack artificial world. If this is a western (trains, dry goods, homiletic conversations with impressionable small boys), it’s also a police procedural: the Lucidor, stubborn, experienced and bereaved, is pursuing his quarry in the face of departmental opposition, a former colleague with orders to stop him, and a political plot to harness his quarry’s grotesque experiments for the war effort.