Jonathan Lyons Burn

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Burn

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The corporate-funded police force of Old New York dropped its investigation into a man's mysterious death by fire. Spontaneous human combustion is the rumored cause, but a down-and-out private detective, a former member of the Old New York Police Force, soon learns that this wasn't the only man to die this way.

Now, working with an inhumanly beautiful android 'Netrunner named Jonny Cache, and with a little help from a team of paranormal enthusiasts and a militant group of genetically redesigned women, he must find out who, why, and how the killings are taking place without attracting the wrath of Expedite Corp. and the police force it funds.

In a surreal twenty-first century full of androids, binaries, chip trippers, NewSchool Grrls and Morlocks, black acid rain and StellarNet obsession, we meet Cage, a private detective down on his luck. Kicked off the prestigious Old New York Police Force after having gone up against Expedite, the most powerful computer corporation in the world, he is struggling to make ends meet when fate seems to lend him a helping hand. Fragile Janice Gild comes to him with the story of the death of her brother James, a death so bizarre, Cage can only begin to guess at the method of the gruesome killing, and the motive behind it.

Soon Cage's path is littered with the burnt remains of a seemingly unconnected group of people. Only James' ex-girlfriend, the inhumanly lovely Jonny Cache, can shed any light on the victims who have been made to burn....

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Inspired by the incredible image design work of Dave McKean (Sandman, The Dreaming), this design captures the darkness of the post-environmental-apocalypse world of BURN.

The central image is a sati stone which commemorates the deaths by self-immolation of Queen Padmini and her handmaids, which they chose to avoid capture and defilement as their palace fell to enemy forces in what is today Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India; this ties into the themes of burning, and of the NewSchool Grrls, who are led by an Indian (South Asian) woman who has taken the name "Kali" (spelled "K壡"). The stone is at the Tower of Victory in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India. The overlaid images in the title include actual photos of supposed cases of spontaneous human combustion.

About the Author:

Jonathan Lyons lives in Austin, TX, where he works in Web and multimedia design. He hails from Iowa, and received his bachelor's in English from the University of Iowa. For about three years, he has practiced the Brazilian martial art capoeira, which is mentioned as the fighting style of choice for the NewSchool Grrls in the story you are holding. Although he has had a number of short stories, essays, and a hyperfiction published, this is his first novel. He is currently working on his second.

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