From the author of the award-winning BODY POLITIC comes a third original, intriguing thriller and sardonic political satire featuring the subversive investigator Quintilian Dalrymple.
Edinburgh, 2025 - sweat city. Global warming has led to strict water rationing. The ruling Council of City Guardians has been forced to become more user-friendly - so citizens now live for the weekly lottery draw. Then people start dying after drinking poisoned whisky, and subversive, blues-haunted investigator Quintilian Dalrymple is thrown into a nightmare case which threatens the Council's very existence. For Quint, distinguishing friend from foe soon becomes a question of life or death. And the body count, like the temperature, keeps on rising...
Praise for WATER OF DEATH
'The mixture of sardonic, occasionally vicious wit, the brilliant concept of this city of the future, and a strong plot are the mixture as before and very tasty it is' Birmingham Post
A hugely entertaining fantasy ... engagingly imagined - The Times on BODY POLITIC
Think of Plato's Republic with a body count - The Sunday Times on BODY POLITIC
'Johnston's future city is a dark place, even in the Big Heat of post-global warming summer. Over three novels featuring Quint Dalrymple, he has charted the political and social development of a totalitarian state struggling to find a balance. But this is never a dry treatise, for Johnston's vision is shot through with the bleakest of black humour, never losing sight of the humanity of his characters. This series is getting better all the time' Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News
'An acclaimed crime series...Johnston brings an intelligent perspective to the dark excitement of the thriller'
Nicholas Blincoe, Observer
An intricate web ... Johnston is a Fawkes among plotters ... Quint's career looks set to blossom - Observer on BODY POLITIC
A powerful, fantastical thriller - Night and Day (The Mail on Sunday) on THE BONE YAR
'Both prescient and illuminating'
Ian Rankin, Daily Telegraph