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Something More Than Night [Kindle Edition]

Ian Tregillis
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 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

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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 the Milkweed Tryptich--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: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765334321
  • Publisher: Tor Books (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 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
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars urban fantasy/hardboiled detective mash-up that works December 31, 2013
I've never read anything by Ian Trigellis before, so I didn't have any expectations going into this book. But I went through a stage in my life when I was really into hardboiled detective novels (read a ton of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett) and film noir. I still have a soft spot for that stuff, and that's what drew me to this book. (Well, that, and I've also started reading a bit more urban fantasy lately, so this was a great combination for me.)

Something More than Night is set in Thomas Aquinas's vision of Heaven, or so the book description says. I will admit to not having had any exposure to the writings of Aquinas (which I understand were extensive), so I can't comment on the accuracy of the depiction (for a quick primer, Google "Christian angelic hierarchy" and click on the Wikipedia link that comes up). I had a little trouble keeping all the different classes of celestial beings at first, but I was able to sort it out by the end, and everything seemed internally consistent within the milieu of the story. Many of the angels in this book turn out not to be particularly nice "people" and there appear to be different factions among them, which provides for a bit of tension.

From what I can tell, this book is set in Earth's not-too-distant future (at least the parts that occur in the mundane world). The cities and countries are the same (we visit Australia, Minneapolis, and Chicago, for example). Satellite communications have largely (or completely) broken down, but people are still traveling, still taking part in recognizable activities (environmental remediation, archiving paper books electronically, etc.). I thought Bayliss's visit to a retirement/nursing home was particularly interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A monument to beautiful form and cinematic delivery.
First things first, this book is incredible. The language itself pulses and writhes with a rhythm like Bach via Skrillex, poetic on one hand and then delightfully gritty and true... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love over-the-top-Noir you will get a huge kick out of this.
The narrative style is amazing. If you don’t smile while reading Bayliss’s POV chapters you may have misplaced your soul. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Eneasz M. Brodski
2.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Angels
The story here is too complex and ingenious to really summarize. However a clever storyline does not a readable novel make. Mr. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Al Hence
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concepts, unsatisfynig book
Ian Tregillis is an obviously intelligent and very imaginative author with a broad spectrum of knowledge. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matthew T. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting genre mix, very entertaining book!
Take a hard-boiled Philip Marlowe detective mystery, mash it up with a bit of science fiction and a near future earth, a bit of Thomas Aquinas, and you get a fascinating and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard E. Rae
5.0 out of 5 stars MIND BLOWING NOIR FANTASY
(no spoilers)

This is one of those novels that blows your mind. I’ve never read anything like Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Genesse
2.0 out of 5 stars Reads like fiction written by a fellow with a Ph.D. in physics
I quite enjoyed Tregillis' Milkweed trilogy (I found "The Coldest War" to be the weakest of the bunch), so maybe I should've read something else before I dove into this mix... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin F. Langston
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Something More
This book.

This amazing, beautiful, brilliant book.

If you’re anything like me (a ravenous devourer of books), you have, in your lifetime of reading, come... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Urban Fantasy Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Loved the world, the voice and the characters. The ending wobbled a bit; it's not how I would have ended things. But enjoyable all the same.
Published 2 months ago by Erica Lindquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Angels and Noire and Science Fiction! Oh My!
Sometimes the whole is actually greater than the sum of it’s parts. Something More than Night is that all over. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Timothy Pecoraro
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