Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.
Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making.Because this is no mere murder. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work.Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel—the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey.
Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin, Something More Than Night is a murder mystery for the cosmos.
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Mind bendingly brilliant!
I actually went to the trouble to deliberately log into Audible and write this review, that should say a lot. Fantastic book which comes to life with Scott Brick narrating who should be familiar to anyone who's listened to the Ender's Game books as the voice of Bean.
The fact that Tregillis has a PhD in physics is pretty obvious throughout this book but the surrealist descriptions teamed with the classic Bogart one liners make this a very original piece of work.
Somewhere between Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and the mind folding complexity of Ian M Banks.
Delivery. Just plain old delivery. He makes Bayliss into a real person during the course of this book!
Yes. I won't spoil it but yes.
The most unique story I've read/heard in a long time!
It is a fascinating setting with an awesome mix of religion with a little theoretical physics sprinkled for fun.
on the surface it seems like other urban fantasies but it is much more.
Bayliss of course,Scott got the Noir feel if the novel exactly right,It was a pleasure listening to the book.
- krishna a