Synopses & Reviews
Bob Howard may be humanity’s last hope.
For outstanding heroism in the field (despite himself), computational demonologist Bob Howard is on the fast track for promotion to management within the Laundry, the supersecret British government agency tasked with defending the realm from occult threats. Assigned to External Assets, Bob discovers the company (unofficially) employs freelance agents to deal with sensitive situations that may embarrass Queen and Country.
So when Ray Schiller an American televangelist with the uncanny ability to miraculously heal the ill becomes uncomfortably close to the Prime Minister, External Assets dispatches the brilliant, beautiful, and entirely unpredictable Persephone Hazard to infiltrate the Golden Promise Ministries and discover why the preacher is so interested in British politics. And its Bob's job to make sure Persephone doesn't cause an international incident.
But it's a supernatural incident that Bob needs to worry about a global threat even the Laundry may be unable to clean up
"Stross gives his readers a British super spy with a long-term girlfriend, no fashion sense and an aversion to martinis."
"Bond and Bourne never faced the adversaries Howard confronts."
"Stross packs this new novel full of hilarious in-jokes and frenetic set pieces."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the most enjoyable novels of the year... Stross steps carefully through all of the archetypes of a classic Bond adventure without ever becoming predictable. The resolution is as perfect as it is unexpected."
-Jonathan Strahan, editor of the annual Best Short Novels anthology series
"Some writers play with archetypes. In The Jennifer Morgue, Charlie Stross makes them sing, dance, and do the dishes for him."
-S. M. Stirling, national bestselling author of The Scourge of God
"The Jennifer Morgue is Stross's most entertaining novel to date...Astonishing."
"Alternately chilling and hilarious."
“Smart, literate, funny.”—New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman, Time
“Well written, well reasoned, and thoroughly entertaining. Dig into the Laundry Files—theres a mad joy inherent to these books that is difficult to find anywhere else.”—The Maine Edge
“A weirdly alluring blend of superspy thriller, deadpan comic fantasy and Lovecraftian horror.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A fabulous, out-of-control paranormal espionage horror thriller.”—Genre Go Round Reviews
About the Author
Charles Stross, born in 1964, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of six Hugo-nominated novels and winner of the 2005 Hugo Award for best novella (The Concrete Jungle”), Stross has had his work translated into more than twelve languages. He has worked as a pharmacist, software developer, and tech-industry journalist.