Amberlough: Book 1 in the Amberlough Dossier (Hardcover)

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I want to visit Amberlough! The sense of place that Donnelly is able to conjure is incredible — especially since she's writing about a city that doesn't exist. Amberlough is a spy thriller set in the last hedonistic days of a glittering city, the shadow of a far-right One State Party threatening to ruin everything. 

— From Amberlough, by Lara Elena Donnelly


A double-agent sacrifices all his ideals in order to save his smuggler lover before a government coup takes over their decadent city in Lara Elena Donnelly's glam spy thriller debut, now a Nebula finalist for Best Novel

"Exploring the roots of hatred, nationalism, and fascism, while at the same time celebrating the diversity, love, romance, fashion, and joy the world is capable of producing." --Bookriot

In Amberlough, amidst rising political tensions, three lives become intertwined with the fate of the city itself.

The Smuggler: By day, Aristide Makricosta is the emcee for Amberlough City's top nightclub. By night, he moves drugs and refugees under the noses of crooked cops.

The Spy: Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he's good at keeping secrets, but after a disastrous mission abroad, he makes a dangerous choice to protect himself...and hopefully Aristide too.

The Dancer: Streetwise Cordelia Lehane, burlesque performer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide's runner, could be the key to Cyril's plans--if she can be trusted.

As the twinkling marquees lights yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means -- and people -- necessary. Including each other.

"James Bond by way of Oscar Wilde." --Holly Black

"Sparkling with slang, full of riotous characters, and dripping with intrigue, Amberlough is a dazzling romp through a tumultuous, ravishing world." --Robert Jackson Bennett, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Award

"Astonishing first novel " --World Fantasy Award-winning author Ellen Kushner

About the Author

LARA ELENA DONNELLY is a graduate of the Clarion Writers' Workshop, as well as the Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers, where she now volunteers as on-site staff and publicity coordinator. In her meager spare time she cooks, draws, sings, and swing dances. After an idyllic, small-town Ohio childhood, spent time in Louisville, Kentucky. She currently resides in Harlem, in a tower named after Ella Fitzgerald. Amberlough is her debut novel.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765383815
ISBN-10: 0765383810
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Amberlough Dossier