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The Bathwater Conspiracy
Nothing about this case makes sense.
Detective Carson “Mac” MacHenry can’t figure out why the Darmes are so interested in this one dead girl or why the secretive federal police have rushed the autopsy or why, a few days later, the records of the dead girl's murder have been erased from all official government channels.
Even stranger to the detective is the manner of death – injuries consistent with a violent beating and sexual assault. Crimes rarely seen in current society. Crimes eradicated decades earlier.
The Bathwater Conspiracy follows Mac and her partner Nguyen as they wander a dystopian post-apocalyptic cityscape in search of clues to Alfreda Longwell's murder. Their off-the-books investigation leads them from the halls of Alfreda's university to the Decayed Area, a blasted wasteland at the city’s edge where technophobic religious fundamentalists struggle with scavengers and lunatics in a never-ending fight for survival.
When the pair discovers a secret government project gone horribly wrong, they must work to uncover the details of a plot which will rock the already fragile political landscape of the city to its core…
Janet Kellough’s latest novel offers a tightly-plotted mystery and a fascinating glimpse at genetic engineering run amok in a near-future world. Touching on issues of bioethics, gender, religion, and more, The Bathwater Conspiracy will appeal to fans of science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, and police procedurals alike.
About the Author:
Janet Kellough is a storyteller and author of The Thaddeus Lewis Mystery Series, The Palace of the Moon, The Pear Shaped Woman, and the Legendary Guide to Prince Edward County. She lives in Ontario, Canada with a husband, miscellaneous critters, and thousands of red cedar trees. [MORE]
"The Bathwater Conspiracy is one of the best SF mysteries I’ve read in years. A police procedural with the tone of a hard-boiled crime novel, in a post-apocalyptic setting with a twist. The characters are compelling, and inhabit a thoroughly imagined world crisp with details." - Violette Malan, author of the Dhulyn and Parno Epic fantasy/romance novels
"The Bathwater Conspiracy is a perfect blend of speculative fiction, modern police procedural, and gripping political intrigue that might have been written by a young Margaret Atwood. Regardless of the time and place, Carson MacHenry, slovenly, rebellious, curious, above all brave, is a detective for the ages. But her age is that of a world very much like ours, with one startling detail that truly makes the reader sit back and think. An original and daring book.
I can not wait to visit this distant, alien, yet oh so familiar world again in MacHenry’s next adventure." - Vicki Delany, National bestselling author
"The Bathwater Conspiracy tackles old ground in a new and much more balanced than usual way. Set in a world where the Y chromosome is no more, Detective Carson “Mac” MacHenry finds herself investigating an unusual murder - one she's been forbidden to look into." - Fiona Cook
"If you love mysteries and speculative fiction mashed together, you’ll likely enjoy The Bathwater Conspiracy." -- Dawn Vogel
"Kellough, known for the Thaddeus Lewis mystery series, has cut loose with a genre-bending science fiction mystery novel that’s cleverly conceived, brilliantly written, and funny as hell; it’s her best novel to date...
"At bottom, though, the voice is what makes this a terrific read rather than merely a good one. The wry humor and side bits are so engaging that I was sorry to see the story end. I laughed out loud more than once." -- SeattleBookMama
"If you only read one book this year, read this! The Bathwater Conspiracy is a brilliant book that takes you into a world you never imagined and keeps you guessing until the end. An outstanding five stars!" - Martyn Robey, amazon.
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The Bathwater Conspiracy: Introduction
The Bathwater Conspiracy: About the Book
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