You never know which ideas will stick in your mind, let alone where theyll go. Roth-Steyr began with an interest in the odd designs and names of early automatic pistols, and the decision to use one of them as a story title. What started out as an oddball short piece became a much longer and darker tale about how easily a familiar world can fall apart, how old convictions vanish or change, and why no one should want to live forever.Its also about my obsession with history, in particular the chaotic upheavals that plagued the first half of the twentieth century and that are waking up again. Another long dark night of the European soul feels very close today. So heres the story of Valerie Varden. And her Roth-Steyr.
Used availability for Simon Bestwick's Roth-Steyr
February 2021 : UK Paperback
February 2021 : Australia, Canada Kindle edition