By Kim Newman
Welcome to town made of a dream. yet this isn’t any dream; it's the darkish and haunting nightmare of a killer.
It is the close to destiny and outdated videos, or “flatties”, were changed via desires, digital truth situations written via expert Dreamers. while notorious felony Truro Daine escapes imprisonment, he flees into the town, a synthetic international of his personal construction, the place he principles because the omnipotent evening Mayor.
Now, detective Dreamer Tom Tunney and Susan Bishopric, writer of romance desires, needs to subscribe to forces to trace him down. yet how do you hunt the evening Mayor in a urban populated through a dense crowd of surprisingly regular characters, the place it’s constantly two-thirty within the morning, pictures by no means kill and the writer is omnipresent in each drop of falling rain…?
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