A sharp, lyrical thriller of power, religion, and artificial intelligence.
The world has changed, but Jerusalem endures. Overlooked by new superpowers, the Holy City of the future is a haven of spies and smugglers, exiles and extremists.
A refugee with strange technological abilities searches for a place to disappear.
An ambitious young criminal plots the heist that could make or destroy him.
A corrupt minister harnesses the power of the past in a ruthless play for complete control.
And the wheels of another plan – as old and intricate as the city itself – begin to turn…
‘Capers, punchy dialogue and a colourfully realised Jerusalem … There’s a flavour of Neuromancer to the narrative, there are also hints of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and The Maltese Falcon’
‘Evocative and thought-provoking SF in the vein of classic William Gibson’
Peter McLean, author of PRIEST OF BONES
‘Bursting with energy and imagination that leaps off the page. I had a blast’
Jeremy Szal, author of STORMBLOOD and Hugo Award-winning podcaster
‘A vision of the future that is at once plausibly unsettling yet irresistibly compelling. I devoured THE CRYING MACHINE’
Ian Tregillis, author of THE MECHANICAL
‘Teems with dubious characters, black market operations and dangerous deals…an engaging and often though-provoking read’
About the author
Greg Chivers is a writer and television producer. For twenty years he has been making documentaries about science and history, including What on Earth?, Science Channel’s most successful series of all time, and NASA’s Unexplained Files, which made global news headlines. Greg is a graduate of the Curtis Brown creative writing course and the Faber Academy. The Crying Machine is his first novel.