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A Longer Fall (2) (Gunnie Rose) Paperback – November 10, 2020
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In this second thrilling installment of the Gunnie Rose series, Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew for a seemingly easy protection job. She is tasked with transporting a crate into Dixie, just about the last part of the former United States of America she wants to visit. But what seemed like a straightforward job turns into a massacre as the crate is stolen. Up against a wall in Dixie, where social norms have stepped back into the last century, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate as what’s inside can spark a rebellion, if she can get it back in time.
“Another winning series from a sure-bet author” (Booklist) Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse mysteries and Midnight, Texas trilogy) is at her best here, building the world of this alternate history of the United States, where magic is an acknowledged but despised power.
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- Publisher : Gallery / Saga Press (November 10, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 198216459X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982164591
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.8 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #245,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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California had given the Russian Tsar and his family refuge following their escape from the Bolsheviks, and asked him to take over the government when the country fell apart; the West Coast from San Diego to as far north as southern Washington (Seattle was now part of Canada) was now known as the Holy Russian Empire. The Midwest and much of the West was now known as New America; an exception was Texahoma, a small state consisting of parts of Texas and Oklahoma, along with the bottom corner of Colorado. The fifth, and poorest, nation-state was Dixie, segregated before the fall and even more so now, with the Black population persecuted and abused in the rigidly stratified society.
In this second book in the series, 19 year old Gunnie Lizbeth Rose has just signed up with a new crew that’s been hired to deliver a small crate to the town of Sally, in Dixie. Traveling by train, the group is attacked en route by two men with guns (neither survives the encounter), and then just as they arrive at Sally the train is bombed and derailed, and multiple attackers come for them before being fought off.
The surviving members of the crew are assisted off the train with the crate, but after Lizbeth Rose helped one of their number to medical care, she returned to discover her crew boss dead and the crate stolen. The novel describes her attempts to locate the crate and complete the crew’s contract.
Happily (for both their and the reader’s sakes) and apparently coincidentally, one of the first people she meets is Sally is Eli, the Russian mage who was her employer and romantic interest in the first book in the series. As they share a goal in locating the chest, she agrees to work for him again.
The plot is convoluted and Byzantine, and Lizbeth Rose’s voice as narrator is perfectly written. The descriptions of Dixie’s inhabitants, both Black and White, feel painfully accurate. Charlaine Harris continues to be one of the top writers in the genre, even when there are no vampires involved in the story.