Pasquale’s Angel (Paul J. McAuley)

Pasquale’s Angel (Paul J. McAuley) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Fiction Author: M section. priced at just £4.00!

London: Victor Gollancz, 1994, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

>From the cover: Florence, in the year 1518. The most powerful of the Italian states, the city is riven by the changes brought about by the devices of the Great Engineer, Leonardo da Vinci. Steamships ply the canal which links Florence with the sea; steam-powered factories flood the economy with mass-produced goods, the Arno with noxious pollution and the air with choking smog; submarines, land ironclads, poison gas and sophisticated weaponry have confounded Florences enemies from Rome to the Gulf of Mexico. But da Vinci is an old man now, a recluse in his Florentine tower waiting, as rumour has it, for the new Flood that will sweep away the wickedness of the world.

The Medici Pope, Leo X, is due to grace the city with his presence and reconcile Florence with her old enemy, Rome. Pasquale, young pupil of the painter Rosso, is eager to meet the immensely successful artist Raphael, who has arrived in Florence on a mysterious mission on behalf of the Pope. But when one of Raphaels entourage is brutally killed in a locked tower room, Pasquale finds himself involved in a murder investigation carried out by the cynical, hard-drinking journalist Niccolo Machiavegli and, as the murders continue, in a deepening conspiracy. Politics, necromancy, and the discovery that the Great Engineer has far from retired mean that nothing is ever as it seems. The only certainty, as Pasquale and Machiavegli pursue the case through Florences acetylene-lit streets, is that they could be next on the list.

Pasquales Angel is part thriller, part historical novel, and part novel of ideas. This is the Renaissance as it might have been if da Vinci had worked as an engineer rather than an artist compulsively readable and convincing in every detail.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 286 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.

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