Image of Half a Crown (Small Change)


Image of Half a Crown (Small Change)

The third and final book in Walton's Small Change series, much like the first two, is a difficult -- and important -- book to read about a world gone mad. The characterization is first-rate, the plot is compelling and most important of all, even in this world, there is hope.

It's 1960, and the Farthing set has been in power for nearly 20 years. Jews are being shipped to death camps in Europe, and Peter Carmichael is commander of the Watch, the British secret police. He's Mark Normanby's creature, leashed by a secret of his own, but he still does what he can when possible.

Elvira Royston, Carmichael's ward, is a debutante days away from being presented to the Queen when she's swept up in a political nightmare beyond her ken, and yet the fate of a country may rest on her shoulders -- and on Carmichael's. (Tor, Oct., 320 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs