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Before Jo Walton won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her stunning Among Others, she published a trilogy set in a dark alternate postwar England that had negotiated "Peace with Honor" with Nazi Germany in 1941. These novels- Farthing, Ha'penny, and Half a Crown -are connected by common threads, but can be read in any order.

In Ha'penny, England has completed its slide into fascist dictatorship. The last hopes of democracy seem extinguished. Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb.

The brilliant but compromised Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard is assigned the case. What he finds leads him to a conspiracy of peers and communists-of staunch King-and-Country patriots and hardened IRA gunmen-to murder the Prime Minister and his ally, Adolf Hitler.

Against a background of domestic espionage and suppression, a band of idealists blackmails an actress who holds the key to the Fuhrer's death. From the ha'penny seats in the theatre to the ha'pennys that cover dead men's eyes, the conspiracy and the investigation swirl inexorably to a stunning conclusion.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013, c2007
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780765323149
Branch Call Number: SF WAL
Characteristics: 319 p. ;,21 cm
Alternative Title: Halfpenny


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May 20, 2019

Very interesting slant on how things might have been if Britain had taken a different road in 1941. This writer is said to write Science Fiction, yet this book seemed to me to be uncomfortably close to the way things are moving, not just in Europe but in our own country. I'm really enjoying this book, but there is much to feel doscomfort with if we accept this reality when racism (against Jewish people) is acceptable as it was in pre War Germany. Read it if only to alert yourself to how things can slide into a loss of freedom.

Jul 16, 2014

Stronger than FARTHING, but still feels slightly undeveloped.

Jan 08, 2009

2nd of three; outstanding

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