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The Bathwater Conspiracy (vuoden 2018 painos)

Tekijä: Janet Kellough (Tekijä)

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Nothing about this case makes sense. Detective Carson "Mac" MacHenry can't figure out why the Darmes are so interested in this one dead girl or why the secretive federal police have rushed the autopsy or why, a few days later, the records of the dead girl's murder have been erased from all official government channels. Even stranger to the detective is the manner of death - injuries consistent with a violent beating and sexual assault. Crimes rarely seen in current society. Crimes eradicated decades earlier. The Bathwater Conspiracy follows Mac and her partner Nguyen as they wander a dystopian post-apocalyptic cityscape in search of clues to Alfreda Longwell's murder. Their off-the-books investigation leads them from the halls of Alfreda's university to the Decayed Area, a blasted wasteland at the city's edge where technophobic religious fundamentalists struggle with scavengers and lunatics in a never-ending fight for survival. When the pair discovers a secret government project gone horribly wrong, they must work to uncover the details of a plot which will rock the already fragile political landscape of the city to its core... Janet Kellough's latest novel offers a tightly-plotted mystery and a fascinating glimpse at genetic engineering run amok in a near-future world. Touching on issues of bioethics, gender, religion, and more, The Bathwater Conspiracy will appeal to fans of science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, and police procedurals alike.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Bathwater Conspiracy
Kirjailijat:Janet Kellough (Tekijä)
Info:EDGE Science Fiction and Fantsy Publishing (2018), 248 pages
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Feminist writing all the way! I think it was too easy to figure out who the murderer was pretty early on but over all it was well written. I did get pretty sucked in and I finished it rather quickly which is always a good sign! 4/5 stars.
  s-rod | Jul 2, 2022 |

'The Bathwater Conspiracy' is a quietly subversive book that imagines a world without men.

I've read some very good pieces of speculative fiction recently that have confronted me with the things men do to women, from 'The Southern Book Club's Guide To Slaying Vampires' with the vampire embodying all that is worst about the patriarchy through 'Girls With Sharp Sticks' and 'The Grace Year' which set women up in life and death struggles against the men controlling them. 'The Bathwater Conspiracy' takes a different, gentler but ultimately much more damning approach. It just makes the men disappear and wonders if we would miss them. The answer that I came away with was, 'not so much.'

Set in a future where men have been extinct for generations and humanity has moved on, 'The Bathwater Conspiracy' follows the investigation of Detective Carson “Mac” MacHenry into the exceptionally violent murder of a young woman and the subsequent attempts of the Federal authorities to cover it up. It set Mac on a path that will reveal a secret that could change the world.

I was initially a little thrown by the gentle, low-key tone of this mystery. Then I came to see that the tone was part of the evocation of an all-woman world where even an experienced detective has difficulty imagining levels of violence and aggression that we would take for granted.

It's actually quite a profound change, like suddenly not having any traffic noise in a city. It affects everything.

I also enjoyed the humour in this book. When Mac is researching ancient history to see what men were like, she finds that many religions imposed restrictions on how women dressed or even prevented them going out lest the men who see them are thrown into a frenzy of lust that they can’t control. Here’s her reaction:

'If men were so unreliable as to go off the deep end whenever they saw a stray tress or two, wouldn’t it make more sense to lock them up and just let the women get on with their lives? Otherwise, it would be like having a dog that bites and insisting that the people on your street stay inside so they won’t get bitten.'


I now want more of Janet Kellough's writing so I'll be taking a look at her Thaddeus Lewis series of historical mysteries set in mid-nineteenth-century Canada.
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  MikeFinnFiction | Jul 7, 2020 |
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This was definitely an interesting story. It really kept me engaged.

*I received a copy of this book for free. The review is my own, honest and unsolicited ( )
  UrbanAudreyE | May 19, 2020 |
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*alert, small spoiler
It took me a couple of false starts, because I found the first chapter(s) confusing and not that interesting. I felt that if the author had revealed the interesting premise that a disease wiped out the Y chromosome, and only females were left (which she revealed a few chapters later), the book would have been much less confusing to start and more interesting. Once I picked it up for the 3rd time and started reading knowing that, I really, really enjoyed the book. She is an excellent writer, interesting and detailed, with a good plot. I ended up enjoying the book very much. In addition I found it much more unique than many formula type books nowadays. The Bathwater Conspiracy is definitely worth hanging in even if you're a little confused in the beginning. ( )
  GRUW | Sep 9, 2019 |
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Unfortunately, this book is still sitting in my "currently reading" on goodreads. I simply couldn't get through it. i decided a while ago, even though I used to finish a book just to say I did it, that there were too many books out there to spend my time reading ones I didn't enjoy. This book is probably for some people but it isn't for me. The idea seemed like a good one, but something about the writing/the way the story line was progressing was too slow for me. ( )
  KSanders63 | Jan 30, 2019 |
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Nothing about this case makes sense. Detective Carson "Mac" MacHenry can't figure out why the Darmes are so interested in this one dead girl or why the secretive federal police have rushed the autopsy or why, a few days later, the records of the dead girl's murder have been erased from all official government channels. Even stranger to the detective is the manner of death - injuries consistent with a violent beating and sexual assault. Crimes rarely seen in current society. Crimes eradicated decades earlier. The Bathwater Conspiracy follows Mac and her partner Nguyen as they wander a dystopian post-apocalyptic cityscape in search of clues to Alfreda Longwell's murder. Their off-the-books investigation leads them from the halls of Alfreda's university to the Decayed Area, a blasted wasteland at the city's edge where technophobic religious fundamentalists struggle with scavengers and lunatics in a never-ending fight for survival. When the pair discovers a secret government project gone horribly wrong, they must work to uncover the details of a plot which will rock the already fragile political landscape of the city to its core... Janet Kellough's latest novel offers a tightly-plotted mystery and a fascinating glimpse at genetic engineering run amok in a near-future world. Touching on issues of bioethics, gender, religion, and more, The Bathwater Conspiracy will appeal to fans of science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, and police procedurals alike.

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