By Jo Walton
For the 1st time in paperback, the culminating novel of Hugo and Nebula Award-winner Jo Walton's attractive Small swap trilogy.
Following the award-winning Farthing and its sequel Ha'penny, Half a Crown is an awesome alternate-world noir story of resistance to encroaching fascism, from the writer of Among Others.
In 1941 the ecu struggle resulted in the Farthing Peace, a rapprochement among Britain and Nazi Germany. The balls and banquets of Britain's top type by no means faltered, whereas British ships ferried "undesirables" around the Channel to board the livestock vehicles headed east.
Peter Carmichael is commander of the Watch, Britain's incredibly British mystery police. it really is his activity to warn the major Minister of treason, to arrest plotters, to find Jews. The dead night knock of a Watchman is the main dreaded sound within the realm.
Now, in 1960, an international 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 energy" streetfighters, who ponder 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 sign up for forces to oppose the fascists: a debutante whose maximum fear before has been the place to discover the appropriate 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 alternate freedom for safety, and which will get neither." ―Cory Doctorow on Ha'penny