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In a world where magic has gone mainstream, a policewoman and a group of petty criminals are pulled into a heist to find a forbidden book of spells that should never be opened.
A new adventure begins in the world of the Laundry Files.
Dead Lies Dreaming presents a nightmarish vision of a Britain 'under New Management', sliding unknowingly towards occult cataclysm . . .
'Brilliantly disturbing and funny at the same time' Ben Aaronovitch, on the Laundry Files
'Stross at the top of his game - which is to say, few do it better' Kirkus
'Ferociously enjoyable' SFX
Laundry Files series:
THE ATROCITY ARCHIVES
THE JENNIFER MORGUE
THE FULLER MEMORANDUM
THE APOCALYPSE CODEX
THE RHESUS CHART
THE ANNIHILATION SCORE
THE NIGHTMARE STACKS
THE DELIRIUM BRIEF
THE LABYRINTH INDEX
The Laundry Files: Under New Management
DEAD LIES DREAMING
The madcap 10th entry in Stross's Laundry Files series (following The Labyrinth Index), set in an alternate England where magic is a branch of applied mathematics that coexists alongside technology, finds the country under New Management, as the Elder God who now inhabits 10 Downing Street is referred to. Against this backdrop, the Lost Boys, a gang of superpowered transhuman heisters comprising Imp, the Deliverator, Doc Depression, and Game Boy, use their ill-gotten gains to finance a twisted, outer space set movie version of Peter Pan. First opposing, then assisting, them is Wendy Deere, transhuman rent-a-cop for HiveCo Security, who has just been promoted to "thief-taker." When Imp's sister, Evelyn Starkey, hires the Lost Boys to steal the Necronomicon, a concordance of spells, for her billionaire boss, the job takes the gang back in time to the mean streets of Whitechapel in 1888. This is like a gonzo riff on Robert A. Heinlein's Magic, Inc., enhanced by imaginative set pieces and plentiful references to classic SFF. Bullets and jokes fly in equal measure, and even if they don't all find their mark, Stross still hits the bull's-eye with this fresh take on the caper genre.