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The Nature of Smoke

(1996)
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Growing up in the burned-out slums of Detroit, Magnolia is filled with the need to fight, the will to survive. She runs from her dysfunctional white-trash family, all the way to New York City, where she connects with a sexy, good-looking guy who takes her back to his high-rise apartment. Everything's going great, until after they make love, when he comes at her with a knife. Her natural instincts take over, leaving her would-be killer with a knife buried deep in his back. That's when she sees the video camera that has recorded everything. She runs, right into the arms of Rahul, a brilliant megalomaniac who threatens to turn her in...unless she takes a job in his empire of illegal activities, ranging from creating bioandroids for sex-snuff films to trafficking in illegal drugs and political assassination. Life in the Detroit slums was crap, but she knew how to get along. But in Rahul's world of double-dealing, life is cheap, and Magnolia, though tough, resourceful, and canny, is suddenly in way over her head - until she meets Cid, a biophysicist with theories beyond Rahul's wildest dreams. As Rahul's net closes around them, Cid devises an outrageous and startlingly original escape for herself and Magnolia. With a synthesis of Rahul's own brilliant biogenetic creation and a diabolically clever chaos-theory virus, they're out to remake the world...and save their lives.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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" The Nature of Smoke has the moves to keep up with the best in the field today." - K W Jeter


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May 2008 : USA Hardback

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ISBN: 0-312-55529-6 / 978-0-312-55529-0 (USA edition)
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June 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Nature of Smoke
Author(s): Anne L Harris
ISBN: 0-312-85286-X / 978-0-553-13425-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

June 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Nature of Smoke
Author(s): Anne L Harris
ISBN: 0-312-86351-9 / 978-0-312-86351-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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