The Philosophical Strangler by Eric Flint

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When Greyboar, a professional strangler, discovers the Supreme Philosophy of Life, he seeks to atone for his villainy by undertaking a series of philosophical studies, until his sister asks him to assist a group of persecuted dwarves escape from their human oppressors.

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Eric Flint is a modern master of alternate history, with over three million books in print. He's the author/creator of the New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the "Belisarius" alternate Roman history series, including, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. Ryk E. Spoor, while earning his masters degree in Pittsburgh, became a playtesting consultant and writer for the Wizards of the Coast, the leading publisher of role-playing games and related novels. He now lives in East Greenbush, NY, working as a technical proposal writer for a high-tech R&D firm, and spending his non-writing time with his wife and sons. Baen published his first novel, Digital Knight, in 2003.
Published January 30, 2013 by BAEN.
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In the city of New Sfinctr in Grotum—the map also displays such notable features as Joe’s Big Mountains, Joe’s Mountains, Joe’s Hills, Joe’s Sea, and the cities of Prygg, Murraine, Blain, and Blistr—the dwarf Ignace is sidekick and agent of the gorilla-like Greyboar, a professional strangler.

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At their watering hole, the Sign of the Trough, the pair encounter a nearsighted swordswoman named Cat (actually Schrödinger's Cat, but she can't find Schrödinger) and learn that Gwendolyn, Greyboar's Amazonian sister (who's active in the literally underground dwarf-liberation movement), has an a...

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