Blue Death by Joan Brady

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For generations the Freyls have ruled Springfield, Illinois, capital of a state of great lakes and rivers. Now convicted killer David Marion threatens their invincibility, and he threatens it from within their own ranks.

Water: it's blue gold, and the price on world markets is soaring. When Springfield gets a new mayor, it finds its supply under threat, not only from corporations out for the money but from a disease that appears from nowhere, that nobody can identify and nobody can treat.

None of this interests David Marion until his own past surfaces and he finds himself caught between multinational leviathans at war over America's heartland.

Praise for The Blue Death and Joan Brady

'Thrills and spills…terrifying... compelling…an intelligent, refreshingly different take on the thriller' Observer

'Gripping' The Sun

'There are shades of Chinatown and Bonfire of the Vanities about Brady's third and fierce and clever, full of horrid little details and appalled by the arrogance of domination and the weakness of submission. Impressive' Guardian

'A truly extraordinary novel with a fascinating mix of ingredients...compulsive' Shots

'A writer of enormous ability and harrowing power' Mail on Sunday

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Joan Brady was born in California and danced with New York City Ballet when she was in her twenties. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia University, Brady now lives in England where she is an author of short stories; articles; reviews; a highly acclaimed autobiography, The Unmaking of a Dancer, and a novel, Theory of War, for which she became the first woman (and first American) to win the Whitbreak Book of the Year Award in 1993. She is also the author of the best-selling novel, The Émigré, and Death Comes for Peter Pan, a fictionalized account of an American medical scandal, both published in the U.K. In 2001, she represented England at the Centenary of the Nobel Peace Prize. Brady published her first book with Simon & Schuster in 2005, titled Bleedout, in hardover and mass market paperback reprint.
Published April 12, 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK. 417 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alison Flood on Apr 14 2012

There is none the less much to recommend about this novel: it's an intelligent, refreshingly different take on the thriller...

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