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Publisher's Summary

Mysteries and murder abound in the sequel to Carrie Vaughn's post-apocalyptic mystery Bannerless.

A century after environmental and economic collapse, the people of the Coast Road have rebuilt their own sort of civilization, striving not to make the mistakes their ancestors did. They strictly ration and manage resources, including the ability to have children. 

Enid of Haven is an investigator who, with her new partner, Teeg, is called on to mediate a dispute between households over an old building in a far-flung settlement at the edge of Coast Road territory. The investigators' decision seems straightforward - and then the body of a young woman turns up in the nearby marshland. 

Almost more shocking than that: She's not from the Coast Road, but from one of the outsider camps, belonging to the nomads and wild folk who live outside the Coast Road communities. Now one of them is dead, and Enid wants to find out who killed her, even as Teeg argues the murder isn't their problem.

In a dystopian future of isolated communities, can our moral sense survive the worst hard times?

©2018 Carrie Vaughn (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • Old Hickory, TN USA
  • 08-07-18

A world we hope doesn’t come to be

Book two, a post apocalyptic future and a strong female lead. Enid is curious, determined and perhaps a bit reckless as she seeks answers among the Wild folk who don’t fit in the strictly ruled society formed after the great fall.

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Different but entertaining

An enjoyable followup to Bannerless. I like the main character and the world in which she resides and the mystery plot was well done. The narration was well done.

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Miscategorized but really enjoyed it

This is miscategorized as Mysteries & Thrillers > Noir, but I really enjoyed it.

I don’t really read mysteries anymore—especially not on audio since they seem formulaic, and if you don’t like the main character… But I do like this new genre of post-apocalyptic mysteries because the author has to do some serious world building along with character building and, of course, the mystery. I read the author’s first book in this series (Bannerless) and was thrilled to see this second book. I hope there will be a third!