|Water of Death
On The Cover
Edinburgh, 2025 - an independent, almost crime-free oasis surrounded
by anarchic city-states. Except global warming has turned summer
into the Big Heat and water, like everything else, is strictly rationed.
The ruling Council of City Guardians has been
forced to become more user-friendly. Citizens now live only for
the weekly lottery draw while serving the tourists in the year-round
festival. So when a recent lottery winner goes missing, subversive
investigator Quintilian Dalrymple is called in to deal with a minor
case of the summertime blues.
Then a body is discovered face down in the water
of Leith - the only clue to the death, a bottle of contraband whisky.
Quint thinks he sees the first traces of a ruthless conspiracy to
destabilise the city.
The Council, increasingly fearful of losing its
grip on power, expects Quint to stop the tormentors dead in the
water. But he is having serious difficulty distinguishing friend
from foe during the Big Heat. Meanwhile the body count, like the
temperature, keeps on rising...