I somehow missed reading this book when it and its sequel came out, despite the raves. Then I met Daniel Polansky at World Fantasy, and he was a really lovely human being. So, finally, I’ve read the book, and it completely lives up to its reputation. The world is dark and well-realised, a sprawling dark metropolis that owes much to London and New York. Corruption in the civil service and the upper classes. Class used as an excuse for war and murder in the name of power and empire. A thougthful read; a gripping mystery with a somewhat expected twist.