The House of Dust
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It's April 2028 and independent Edinburgh is facing
a mounting crime wave. Youth gangs roam the streets, creating so
much havoc that the ruling Council of City Guardians is forced to
seek advice. Experts from the utopian university-state of New Oxford
recommend an extreme deterrent - a maximum security prison alongside
the central tourist zone.
After a reception for representatives from Oxford,
the gruesome discovery of a severed arm is made in their luxury
accommodation. Maverick investigator Quintilian Dalrymple is called
to the scene. Quint already has plenty of problems, his search for
the missing chief toxicologist being the most vexing. Then, at the
prison opening ceremony, the unthinkable happens - an Edinburgh
guardian is shot.
Quint soon gathers evidence linking New Oxford
to the assassination. Sent there to close the case, he scratches
beneath the glossy hi-tech veneer to find a ruthless administration
geared to profit and coercion, and a conspiracy extending to his
The only way to halt that conspiracy is to penetrate
New Oxford's mysterious heart - the place known only as the House
Quint Dalrymple's first investigation outside
the former Scotland combines a taut and highly original thriller
with pungent political comment.