A totalitarian state, worn down
by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an
iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he
imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret
clubs and doomed artists.
Lom has been chosen because he is
an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party.
And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.
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