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The Folding Knife by K.J. Parker
Orbit Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841495125
Date: 03 June 2010 List Price £8.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

I dipped into K. J. Parker's Colours in the Steel back when this pseudonymous author first appeared on the scene in the late 1990s - and I really didn't 'get it', instead finding the writing remote, tinder dry and rather cerebral. As time has gone one, and Parker's canon of titles has grown ever longer and the plaudits ever louder, it's become patently clear to me that I need to give this acclaimed author another go. This new stand-alone novel, The Folding Knife looks like a very good candidate with which to do just that. Published by Orbit this month.

"Basso the Magnificent. Basso the Great. Basso the Wise. Basso the Murderer. The First Citizen of the Vesani Republic is an extraordinary man. He is ruthless, cunning and, above all, lucky. He brings wealth, power and prestige to his people. But with power comes unwanted attention, and Basso must defend his nation and himself from threats foreign and domestic. In a lifetime of crucial decisions, he's only ever made one mistake. One mistake, though, can be enough. "

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