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Welcome to the future. Welcome to Basle, where for generations, technology has made the world a crime-free zone...until now. Once again, our intrepid detective duo negotiate the dangers of the virtual cities of the future...There has been no need for detection in Basle since the invention of the tracers, tiny motes in the air which can reveal the slightest illegality. But now the city is being rent by a spate of murders. Once again, Roberta Morgenstern and Clement Martineau are on the trail, caught up in the devil's dance. A new killer, bound to the will of the winds, is committing a series of terrible and violent crimes. Not only this, but the rain is incessant and water levels are rising. Soon the dams will be breached, and all Basle will be underwater. High-speed chases across roof-tops and through winding streets lead Roberta and Clement to the Queen of the Gypsies, the pirates of the lagoon, and finally to their fateful meeting with the deadly Baron of the Mists...
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Herve Jubert worked as a chauffeur, butcher's assistant and drummer in a rock band before becoming a writer. He lives in the south of France. Anthea Bell, the translator of this work, is one of the most respected and well known in the business. She has won numerous awards, and is probably most famous for her translations of the Asterix books.From School Library Journal:
Grade 9 Up—Jubert's second book in a dance-themed fantasy series is a confusing mix of magic, science, and future history. The city of Basle, located in the mountains of Switzerland, is apparently one of the few remaining areas of dry land in the world. A catastrophic flood has wiped out much of civilization and the survivors live in isolated city-states. This information is difficult to ascertain, requiring close attention to detail, a good knowledge of European geography, and several hundred pages. In Basle, crime is virtually unknown. Tiny wind-born particles, called tracers, monitor all areas of the city, making detective work unnecessary. The tracers were invented by the city's witches in return for tolerance of their existence. Improbably, that existence is known to the political bureaucracy but has never leaked to the public. The police detective bureau is at the point of being disbanded when a series of gruesome murders occurs, undetected by the tracers. It is up to Detective Roberta Morgenstern and her lover/dance instructor to find the killer. Though parts of the story are interesting, the phrasing is frequently awkward and many of the plot elements seem thrown together. Witchcraft, herbal medicine, computers, gypsies, golems, genetics, and nanotechnology don't fit together all that neatly. The identity of the killer can be deduced midway through the story, but the explanation of how the victims are chosen stretches logic to the breaking point, even given the existence of magic. Readers will find Elizabeth Knox's Dreamhunter (Farrar, 2006) better written and more entertaining.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CA
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Book Description Hodder Children's Books, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0340875402