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The Water Knife (Paperback)

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    Cyber-punk dystopian writer Bacigalupi has taken his home as inspiration in this political, provocative thriller: the west. In Phoenix, water is now more precious than gold and the going rate? $6.50 a liter and rising. The US is united only in name, with each state's militias keeping its citizens firmly within its borders – and any refugees out. And with cascading droughts there are more victims than there are Red Cross relief pumps. Weaving the narratives of a disaster-porn blogger, a 14 year old lone Texan, and the hired hand of Vegas' most powerful woman all collide in the seedy underbelly of the drying city. When our characters find a single piece of paper can change the rising tides of death and destruction, the water knife will cut through it all. (Ashanti)

    — From Ashanti



    In the near future, the Colorado River has dwindled to a trickle. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel Velasquez "cuts" water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that its lush arcology developments can bloom in Las Vegas. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in Phoenix, Angel is sent south, hunting for answers that seem to evaporate as the heat index soars and the landscape becomes more and more oppressive. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with her own agenda, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas migrant, who dreams of escaping north. As bodies begin to pile up, the three find themselves pawns in a game far bigger and more corrupt than they could have imagined, and when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.

    About the Author

    PAOLO BACIGALUPI is a Hugo, Nebula, and Michael L. Printz Award winner, as well as a National Book Award finalist. He is also a winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the John W. Campbell Award, and a three-time winner of the Locus Award. His short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and High Country News. He lives with his wife and son in western Colorado, where he is working on a new novel.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780804171533
    ISBN-10: 080417153X
    Publisher: Vintage
    Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
    Pages: 384
    Language: English