The Year of the Knife
Published by: Meerkat Press
Publication date: November 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Agent -Sully- Sullivan is one of the top cops in the Imperial Bureau of Investigation. A veteran witch of the British Empire who isn’t afraid to use her magical skills to crack a case. But Sully might need more than a good education and raw power to stop the string of grisly murders that have been springing up across the American Colonies. Every one of them marked by the same chilling calling card, a warning in the form of a legion of voices screaming out through the killers’ mouths: -It IS tHe YEAr oF the KNife.-
Sully’s investigation will drag her away from the comforts of home in New Amsterdam, the beautiful but useless hyacinth macaw that used to be her boss, and the loving arms of her undead girlfriend, in a thrilling race against time, demonic forces and a shadowy conspiracy that will do anything to keep its hold on power and ensure that Sully takes their secrets to her grave, as soon as possible.
G.D. Penman’s imaginative The Year of the Knife is a fun, fast-paced urban fantasy mystery with an engaging set of characters, most notably Agent Sully of the Imperial Bureau of Investigation.
The Year of the Knife Playlist
I have no idea how to make a playlist for a book, so I am just going to grab all the music I was listening to while writing it and try to shuffle it into piles.
Because of the divergent history of The Year of the Knife, music that we take for granted as old hat is only just coming to the fore. In the American colonies this means that country music and bluegrass are the next big thing. Of course, culture and music are deeply intertwined, and urbanisation has already happened, so these bluegrass bands can’t be singing purely about rural experiences.
Thunderstruck- Steve and the Seagulls
Rocketman- Iron Horse
In The Pines- Grateful Dead
Songs for Sully
If Sully knew that somebody was making a playlist for her, she would probably be furious. She has some problems with sentimentality.
If I Had A Heart- Fever Ray
Long Live The Chief- Jidenna
Paint it Black- Rolling Stones
Songs for Marie
The relationship between Sully and Marie might be the heart of the book, and indeed the whole series of stories surrounding it, but it isn’t all positive… or even mostly positive. Love is funny like that.
King Harvest- Dancing in the Moonlight
Closer- The Tiny
Songs for Eugene the Sailor Doll
This creepy little bastard would probably love to have a playlist, if someone explained what a playlist was. He would probably listen to it on loop while staring at you.
Bring Your Whole Crew- DMX
Devil Went Down to Georgia- Primus
Down With The Sickness- Richard Cheese
G D Penman writes Speculative Fiction. He lives in Scotland with his partner and children, some of whom are human. He is a firm believer in the axiom that any story is made better by dragons. His beard has won an award. If you have ever read a story with Kaiju and queer people, it was probably one of his. In those few precious moments that he isn’t parenting or writing he likes to watch cartoons, play video and tabletop games, read more books than are entirely feasible and continue his quest to eat the flesh of every living species.
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