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Something More Than Night [Kindle Edition]

Ian Tregillis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas's vision of Heaven. It's a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.

Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making.

Because this is no mere murder. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work.

Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel--the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey.

Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin, Something More Than Night is a murder mystery for the cosmos.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013

Editorial Reviews


The Coldest War is like a cross between the devious, character-driven spy fiction of early John le Carré and the mad science fantasy of the X-Men…eloquent and utterly compelling.”
Kirkus Reviews

“An excellent journey into an alternate Britain and should please fans of Harry Turtledove and Naomi Novik.” —Library Journal on The Coldest War

“A white-knuckle plot, beautiful descriptions, and complex characters—an unstoppable Vickers of a novel.”
—Cory Doctorow on Bitter Seeds

Bitter Seeds may rival Naomi Novik’s Tales of Temeraire as a sustained historical fantasy.”

About the Author

IAN TREGILLIS is the author of a triptych of alternate history series, Bitter Seeds, The Coldest War and Necessary Evil. He lives near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he works as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In addition, he is a member of the George R. R. Martin Wild Cards writing collective.

Product Details

  • File Size: 773 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765334321
  • Publisher: Tor Books (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, razor tight combination of noir and SF December 16, 2013
"Something More Than Night" by Ian Tregillis is a wonderful, razor tight combination of noir and physics-both meta and quantum.
When Ian first posted the idea for the novel on his blog in February of 2012, I thought it sounded great as I am very much a fan of Chandler and my expectations were high. I was not let down at all. The book is fantastic; the writing is lovely.

We begin with the death of the angel Gabriel. Gabriel was one of the Seraphim and was very dead as his reentry set the sky aglow and drifting bits cause an odd snow in Australia. Bayliss, one of our narrators notes this and reminisces about Gabriel that:

" He wasn’t just lovely, he was the kind of lovely that could make a bishop stomp his miter and curse a long blue streak on Easter Sunday."

Bayliss is also an angel although he has bummed about on Earth and has adopted the mannerisms of a hard-boiled detective. Hard boiled, but like the best of them, he seems to have a soft spot for women in a tight fix and a desire for knight-errantry. That and a touch of rye in his coffee.

During the light show of Gabriel's fall, Bayliss clues us in to why the humans moving around him with downcast eyes aren't noticing much:

"But nobody looks up anymore. That stopped soon after the last satellites died. In the minds of most monkeys, thirty years of meteor showers was weak tea compared to the loss of decent long-term weather forecasts."

This also gives us a nice piece of world-building. The story happens in the not too distant future (50 or so years I would guess) and there has been a war that destroyed the satellites and prevents any new ones from the debris layer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paved With Good Intentions February 10, 2014
I was conflicted on how to review Something More Than Night. It's a unique and highly ambitious noir-style mystery set partially in Heaven and partially on Earth, with a gift for integrating unusual ideas, characters, and language. Ultimately, though, the book feels like the victim of its own ambition: the very things that set the book apart are carried a bit too far, leaving me unable to recommend it wholeheartedly. I'd give it 3.5 starts, rounding up to 4, since any book that made me think so much about it afterwards is worth trying, even if just to see if it's your cup of tea.

If you'll allow me to borrow a stylistic conceit from Tregillis, here is what did and didn't work for me:

What I liked:

The Worldbuilding: Tregillis has a gift for smoothly integrating a number of different concepts, from religion to noir to futuristic urban fantasy, much more smoothly than I had either anticipated or hoped for. The near-future world he's created feels surprisingly plausible and he's great at showing rather than telling the reader what is going on.

The Style & Language: I would not have guessed that Tregillis would be able to pull off a pastiche of Chandler-esque noir patter, detailed quantum physics, and multiple changes in perspective as well as he did. While some of the detective language is a bit difficult to manage, if you push through you'll find that you get most of it, Clockwork Orange-style. His use of metaphors also lends itself to some beautifully constructed passages. While I'm not generally a fan of books whose perspectives switch back and forth between chapters, he pulls it off well… and in some cases (like a split-viewpoint fight that occurs midway through) to spectacular effect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ian Tregillis, the author of the Milkweed Triptych, follows up that series with Something More Than Night. Defying genre description, Something More Than Night is part Raymond Chander noir, part angel mythology, and part quantum (I think) physics. Mixed together, this story is unlike anything I've read.

Bayliss is an angel with a Philip Marlowe fixation. He's sent to find a replacement for the arch-angel Gabriel, who has been murdered. His attempts to choose a mortal go haywire and he ends up with Molly. Things kind of ramp up from there, as Molly attempts to reconcile her fate and help Bayliss figure out who killed Gabriel and why. At the risk of creating any spoilers, I'll refrain from anymore plot summary.

This was a very interesting book, and I found myself getting caught up in trying to figure out the whole twisty mess. The characters were engaging enough to keep me wanting to know more about them and caring what happened to them. The setting was definitely unique, as a large portion of the story took place in the Pleroma, a not-quite-heaven where the angels live. Bayliss is a great unreliable narrator, sliding into the noir model very well. As the publishers description states, the maguffin is grand and the payoff to the story is well worth it.

I did find some of the slang and physics descriptions a little distracting, but not enough to keep me from reading on.

Overall, this was a good book. It wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but it was definitely unique. Props to Tregillis for trying something new, different and clever. If your a fan of Tregillis's writing, or like a new spin on old noir favorites, then definitely check out Something More Than Night.

I received a preview copy of this book from Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars and was really pleased. As best as I can describe
I downloaded this novel on a whim, and was really pleased.

As best as I can describe, it is a futurist noir detective story starring a crafty angel as the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J Walter
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked the premise but at times it was a little ...
I really liked the premise but at times it was a little confusing. The explanations of the Mantle of Consistency and other angel-related things went over my head most of the time,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Angelic!
This is wonderful. This is "John Dies at the End" for physics nerds who growing up were forced to read angelology by day and sneaked Mickey Spillane under the covers at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Drew Alfgren
1.0 out of 5 stars tedious
Preposterously mannered, try too hard noir SF, so ridiculously overblown as to be mind numbingly dull just to follow. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Philip Malthus
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the buildup
It took me about half the book to figure out what was going on. In the beginning, I didn't understand why the story had to be set in a post war future or the fixation on a weird... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Rich and strange angelic yarn
After Tad William's Bobby Dollar, another noirish hard boiled speaking angel. Will this become a trope, one asks. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ventura Angelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Tregillis - I love it!
This really was fantastic. Ignore the reviewer who panned it as knock of noir. It's supposed to be; that ends up being rather central to the plot, but I won't give that specific... Read more
Published 5 months ago by E.M. Tippetts
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique read
This book wasn't what I was expecting, but mostly for the good. I'm not normally into mystery novels, but the supernatural twist piqued my interest. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Allie
4.0 out of 5 stars And Now For Something Completely Different
Ian Tregillis made a very big impression on me with his debut trilogy, the Milkweed Triptych. Something More Than Night is something completely different. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H. P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Take It On Faith
Here's my bottom line : I have read better noir books, better angel mythology books, better quantum fiction, better meta-fiction, and better mysteries. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pop Bop
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