I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Paolo Bacigalupi’s next novel, The Doubt Factory, which is out just next week. And then SF Signal reader Michael Habif sent along news that details about Paolo’s next novel is already available. (And, to show that I clearly haven’t been paying attention, it looks like Mad Hatter revealed this back in August. I have a lot of catching up to do!)
Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi.
Paolo Bacigalupi, New York Times-Bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist, dives once again onto our uncertain future with his first thriller for adults since his multi-award winning debut phenomenon The Windup Girl.
In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg-breaker, assassin and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel “cuts” water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet, while the poor get nothing but dust. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in drought-ravaged Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with no love for Vegas and every reason to hate Angel, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas refugee who survives by her wits and street smarts in a city that despises everything that she represents. With bodies piling up, bullets flying, and Phoenix teetering on collapse, it seems like California is making a power play to monopolize the life-giving flow of a river. For Angel, Lucy, and Maria time is running out and their only hope for survival rests in each other’s hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only thing for certain is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Knopf (May 26, 2015)
- ISBN-10: 0385352875
- ISBN-13: 978-0385352871