Tor Books hardcover
|Genre||Alternate history novel|
|2 October 2007|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|Pages||320 pp (hardcover edition)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-7653-1853-9 (hardcover edition)|
|Dewey Decimal||823/.914 22|
|LC Class||PR6073.A448 H37 2007|
|Followed by||Half a Crown|
It's 1949 and Britain has slid into fascist dictatorship. When a bomb explodes in a London suburb, Scotland Yard Inspector Peter Carmichael is assigned to the case. He finds a web of conspiracy and a plot to murder both Britain's new Prime Minister and Adolf Hitler, during the latter's Friendship visit to London. Carmichael's professional ethics became compromised during a previous case involving the aristocratic and political establishment, which may affect his ability to handle the case at hand. Life is also complicated for Viola Lark, who abandoned the upper class environment of her family and lost touch with her five very different sisters (inspired by the real-life Mitford sisters) when she chose to become an actress. Viola is given the role of a lifetime and hard decisions to make, as she becomes caught up in family politics.
Awards and nominations
- 2007, USA, Tor Books ISBN 0-7653-1853-9, Pub date 2 October 2007, Hardback
- 2008, USA, Tor Books ISBN 0-7653-5808-5, Pub date 1 July 2008, Mass Market Paperback
- 2010, Spain, La Factoria de la Ideas ISBN 978-84-92492-39-8, Pub date 1 October 2010, Paperback, as La Conspiración de Coltham (The Conspiracy of Coltham)
- Axis victory in World War II, regarding works of Nazi Germany/Axis/World War II alternate history
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- Martini, Adrienne (December 12, 2007). "Heil Britannia: Jo Walton Images a World Where The UK Negotiated An Armistice With Germany in 1941". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved December 29, 2007.
- Berry, Michael (December 23, 2007). "A priest becomes a pirate in the past in Gene Wolfe's latest". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 29, 2007.