By Jo Walton
For the 1st time in paperback, the culminating novel of Hugo and Nebula Award-winner Jo Walton's lovely Small switch trilogy.
Following the award-winning Farthing and its sequel Ha'penny, Half a Crown is an grand alternate-world noir story of resistance to encroaching fascism, from the writer of Among Others.
In 1941 the eu warfare led to the Farthing Peace, a rapprochement among Britain and Nazi Germany. The balls and banquets of Britain's top category by no means faltered, whereas British ships ferried "undesirables" around the Channel to board the farm animals autos headed east.
Peter Carmichael is commander of the Watch, Britain's quite British mystery police. it really is his activity to warn the best Minister of treason, to arrest plotters, to find Jews. The middle of the night knock of a Watchman is the main dreaded sound within the realm.
Now, in 1960, a world peace convention is convening in London, the place Britain, Germany, and Japan will oversee the ultimate partition of the realm. Hitler is once more on British soil. So is the long-exiled Duke of Windsor―and the emerging gangs of "British strength" streetfighters, who contemplate the govt "soft," could be the former king's bid to degree a coup d'etat.
Amidst all this, of the main not likely folks within the realm will subscribe to forces to oppose the fascists: a debutante whose maximum fear beforehand has been the place to discover the proper string of pearls, and the Watch Commander himself.
"A literary Guernica―a top-notch mystery set in a terrified Britain that's all too keen to exchange freedom for safety, and which will get neither." ―Cory Doctorow on Ha'penny