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Nick Harkaway

In a near-future Britain, a distributed surveillance-democracy called The System knows everything about you, and can even spy on your mind. But when state investigators look into the head of refusenik novelist Diana Hunter, what they find is not her life story but that of four other people, spread across thousands of years, all vibrantly real and each utterly impossible. Before they can unravel that puzzle, Diana Hunter dies and Inspector Mielikki Neith, a staunch believer in The System, is assigned to the case. This virtuosic new novel by Nick Harkaway, the widely acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World and Tigerman, is equal parts dark comedy, gripping detective story, and mind-bending philosophical puzzle.