My weekly[-ish] list of speculative fiction novels that I think are worth looking out for. They are mainly – but not always! – new or forthcoming releases.
Most weeks, I feel completely overwhelmed by the number of awesome new books coming out, and I go crazy updating my wishlist at the Book Depository and cross-checking books’ availability at my local library and downloading sample chapters onto my Kindle. And other weeks … it gets quiet. Like now. So just one book on the list this week.
Plan D by Simon Urban
October 2011. While West Berlin enjoys all the trappings of capitalism, on the crowded, polluted, Eastern side of the Wall, the GDR is facing bankruptcy. The ailing government’s only hope lies in economic talks with the West, but then an ally of the GDR’s chairman is found murdered – and all the clues suggest that his killer came from within the Stasi.
Detective Martin Wegener is assigned to the case, but, with the future of East Germany hanging over him, Wegener must work with the West German police if he is to find the killer, even if it means investigating the Stasi themselves. It is a journey that will take him from Stasi meeting rooms to secret prisons as he begins to unravel the identity of both victim and killer, and the meaning of the mysterious Plan D.
A dystopian alternate history murder mystery! ‘Plan D is less about the crime and more about the political backdrop and increasing tensions between the two Germanys. Urban’s world-weary main character tries to maintain his personal values within the corruption of a superbly detailed GDR regime.’ (from Putting the science into fiction.)