The Book of Lamps and Banners by Elizabeth Hand

Acclaimed crime writer Elizabeth Hand returns to her “fiercely frightening but hauntingly beautiful” cult-favored series: Photographer Cass Neary is hard-up for cash and in more hazard than she realizes at the hunt for an historic, mythical book (Tess Gerritsen).  Photographer Cass Neary is determined to get home, and she’s already lost her camera — like losing a limb. Now her only threat is to cash in on a deal that a friend is ready to reduce for a legendary illuminated manuscript: The Book of Lamps and Banners. Rumored to were rescued from the Library at Alexandria, the Book is said to contain ancient esoteric knowledge, even an otherworldly power. So when an intruder openly steals the manuscript, Cass and her ex-con lover Quinn should get it back-plunging headlong into a shady underworld in which antiquarian booksellers, unhinged tech entrepreneurs, and brutal nationalists all converge. This breathless mental thriller, featuring one of the greatest amateur sleuths of the past decade, could only come from the thoughts of Elizabeth Hand.  “Kaleidoscopic, dark, and mysterious . . . This novel is a jaw-punch, written with a snarling grace.” — Paul Tremblay, creator of The Cabin on the End of the World“I love Cass Neary . . . . Her modern misadventure is shiny and haunting, braiding the ancient and occult with the unholy frights of the modern-day world.” ―Steph Cha, writer of Your House Will Pay”Elizabeth Hand has brought a startling book this is dirty, wise, aching, and nearly magical.”―Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women 

Description

Cass Neary is hard-up for coins and stranded in London whilst she hears about a rare ebook deal and attends the sale out of curiosity. The meeting turns deadly, and he or she learns that the book can also have powers past our understanding. In the chaos that follows, Cass explores the resurgent white nationalist movement in Europe and Scandinavia, confronts her own past trauma and relies on her keen photographer’s eye as she searches for truth. The Book of Lamps and Banners is a hair-raising, mind-bending trip.

You can definitely experience this ebook on its very own terms, but if in any respect possible, discover and devour the first within the Cass Neary series, Generation Loss. (You’ll have nightmares, however I promise it’s worth it.) Author Elizabeth Hand does not shrink back from bleak, unlikable characters, inclusive of her protagonist. Cass is strung out on pace and alcohol, so while she begins ranting approximately an app that turns humans into murderers, the humans round her justifiably roll their eyes. Quinn, a boyfriend from her days as a photographer in New York’s punk demimonde, permits her destruction but tries to melt its impact.

Past and present preserve smashing together, as do truth and the mind-warping outcomes of the sought-after e-book. Hand’s language tightens when Cass spies a element nobody else notices, however we sense the dead weight of her hangovers and the cranked-up jangle of her nerves. It’s unsettling however impossible to appearance away as elements line as much as set a grim climax in motion.

Does this sound impossibly dark? It is! It’s also exquisitely suspenseful, and the paranoia suffusing the story could be very plenty of our present moment. The idea that any single supply can make sense of the whole thing going on round us is as beautiful as it is dangerous. Half of the mystery in The Book of Lamps and Banners is thinking whether Cass Neary will keep us or take us down with her.

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