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The Happier Dead

av Ivo Stourton

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The Great Spa sits on the edge of London, a structure visible from space. The power of Britain on the world stage rests in its monopoly on "The Treatment," a medical procedure which transforms the richest and most powerful into a state of permanent physical youth. The Great Spa is the place where the newly young immortals go to revitalise their aged souls. In this most secure of facilities, a murder of one of the guests threatens to destabilise the new order, and DCI Oates of the Metropolitan police is called in to investigate. In a single day, Oates must unravel the secrets behind the Treatment and the long-ago disappearance of its creator, passing through a London riven with disorder and corruption. As a night of widespread rioting takes hold of the city, he moves towards a climax which could lead to the destruction of the Great Spa, his own ruin, and the loss of everything he holds most dear.… (mer)
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Sometimes, life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

The Happier Dead by Ivo Stourton (Solaris, $7.99)

Oates is a London cop in a dreary near-future where under-employed youth riot regularly and shopping malls are pumped full of “dreem,” a substance that induces a nostalgia which can only be assuaged by purchasing more of whatever stuff seems to make one feel better.

And the entire culture has been upended by “the treatment,” a new—and, of course, patent-protected—bioscience process that bestows eternal youth on those who can afford it. These eternally young few vacation at a spa made to look like a 1980s public school (which, of course, in London is a very private, very exclusive school)—and one of the vacationing “new young” has been murdered. Oates’ team is called in to investigate.

Unfortunately, one of the unwanted side-effects is that the upper-crust swells and captains of industry who’ve gotten “the treatment” are stuck with an aging mind that gums up the works, and a possible cure for this problem may be at the bottom of the murder. As Oates moves back and forth from the high-end spa to the dregs of London’s back alleys, we get all sides of the question of immortality and the morality of those who can afford it. By turns a thriller and a mystery, this dystopian novel uses the sci-fi premise as a means of cracking open human nature (particularly our fear of death) and taking a good look at it.

(Published on Lit/Rant on 3-2-2014: http://litrant.tumblr.com/post/78311861554/sometimes-life-isnt-all-its-cracked-u...) ( )
  KelMunger | Mar 10, 2014 |
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'Man comes and tills the field and lies beneath,

And after many a summer dies the swan.

Me only cruel immortality

Consumes; I wither slowly in thine arms,

Here at the quiet limit of the world,

Why wilt thou ever scare me with thy tears,

And make me tremble lest a saying learnt,

In days far-off, on that dark earth, be true?

"The Gods themselves cannot recall their gifts."'

--'Tithonus,' Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1860
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The Great Spa sits on the edge of London, a structure visible from space. The power of Britain on the world stage rests in its monopoly on "The Treatment," a medical procedure which transforms the richest and most powerful into a state of permanent physical youth. The Great Spa is the place where the newly young immortals go to revitalise their aged souls. In this most secure of facilities, a murder of one of the guests threatens to destabilise the new order, and DCI Oates of the Metropolitan police is called in to investigate. In a single day, Oates must unravel the secrets behind the Treatment and the long-ago disappearance of its creator, passing through a London riven with disorder and corruption. As a night of widespread rioting takes hold of the city, he moves towards a climax which could lead to the destruction of the Great Spa, his own ruin, and the loss of everything he holds most dear.

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