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An independent city where television, popular
music, cigarettes and private cars are banned, where the citizens
are dedicated to the welfare of the tourists attending the year-round
festival, Edinburgh in the 2020s has its drawbacks for blues-haunted
Quintilian Dalrymple - unpaid work as a part-time private investigator
is his only form of entertainment.
But the murder of a guardswoman - the first in
five years - is enough to scare the Council of City Guardians out
of complacency and reluctantly turn to the man they demoted. The
modus operandi looks remarkably similar to that of a murderer whose
gruesome series of killings earned him the codename the Ear, Nose
and Throat man - a case officially unsolved and in which Quint was
more involved than he cares to admit.
Assisted by Davie, the guard assigned to ensure
the potential reprobate toes the party line, Quint Dalrymple must
penetrate a web of conspiracy, violence and sexual intrigue that
reaches into a dark heart of corruption and threatens to dismember
the body politic.
Brilliantly imagined and stylishly crafted, Body
Politic is a compelling thriller introducing an engagingly irreverent