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Cover & Synopsis: THE WATER KNIFE by Paolo Bacigalupi

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.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (May 26, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0385352875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385352871
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3 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: THE WATER KNIFE by Paolo Bacigalupi

  1. I greatly admired ‘The Windup Girl’ and so was keen to get hold of ‘The Water Knife’. However, for some strange reason it will not be published here in the UK until next May. ‘The Doubt Factory’ is about to appear in the US, which means we Brit Paulo fans are going to be 2 novels behind. I would be interested to know the basis for the delayed publication in the UK. Any ideas anyone?
    (and yes, I know I could order from abroad, but that is not the point)

  2. It’s not delayed publication, the hardback edition won’t be available in the US until next May either.

    On the bright side the Kindle ebook edition is scheduled for April 2015 release in the US, UK and Australia. Interestingly, the Kindle edition is being released through Hachette (the US hardback is by Knopf), and yet is available for pre-order now despite the much publicised dust-up between Amazon and Hachette…

  3. I stand corrected. But there was confusion about the water knife earlier this year. It seemed to have been published somewhere abroad (I assumed the US) as a hard back back in February and could be ordered from amazon uk with delivery of about ten days that then grew to several weeks, and then this option disappeared. A UK publisher (Little Brown) announced it on its website around then but when I inquired it turned out to be a mistake.

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