Continuing the compelling alternate history begun in Farthing, Walton paints a horrifying and all-too-possible picture of a world where England appeased the Nazis. Characterization is stellar, particularly the tortured, idealistic Carmichael.

England, 1949. Mark Normanby and the Farthing set are fully in power, and England is a fascist dictatorship in all but name. Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb and the brilliant but politically compromised Inspector Carmichael is put on the case.

What appears to be an isolated incident is revealed to be a complex plot involving IRA gunmen, peers of the realm and an actress who wants to be left alone but who instead is blackmailed into aiding the attempt to blow up the prime minister and his new ally, Adolf Hitler. (Tor, Oct., 320 pp., $25.95)
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Natalie A. Luhrs