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The Vaults

by Toby Ball

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The Vaults by Toby Ball
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2010
    320 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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In a dystopian 1930s America, a chilling series of events leads three men down a path to uncover their city's darkest secret.

At the height of the most corrupt administration in the City's history, a mysterious duplicate file is discovered deep within the Vaults - a cavernous hall containing all of the municipal criminal justice records of the last seventy years. From here, the story follows: Arthur Puskis, the Vault's sole, hermit-like archivist with an almost mystical faith in a system to which he has devoted his life; Frank Frings, a high-profile investigative journalist with a self-medicating reefer habit; and Ethan Poole, a socialist private eye with a penchant for blackmail.

All three men will undertake their own investigations into the dark past and uncertain future of the City - calling into question whether their most basic beliefs can be maintained in a climate of overwhelming corruption and conspiracy

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"Ball's 'City,' in which despair and graft are almost palpable, is an imaginative achievement on a par with Loren Estleman's Gas City." - Publishers Weekly

"If George Orwell and Dashiell Hammett have ever decided to collaborate on a book, they might have come up with something like The Vaults. A wonderful debut from a writer to watch." - Michael Harvey, author of The Chicago Way

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Toby Ball

Toby Ball works at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. The Vaults is his first novel.

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