The Water Knife

The Water Knife (paperback, 2015, Alfred a Knopf)

paperback, 384 pages

Published May 26, 2015 by Alfred a Knopf.

ISBN:
9781101875490

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4 stars (9 reviews)

In the near future, the Colorado River has dwindled to a trickle. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel Velasquez “cuts” water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that its lush arcology developments can bloom in Las Vegas. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in Phoenix, Angel is sent south, hunting for answers that seem to evaporate as the heat index soars and the landscape becomes more and more oppressive. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with her own agenda, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas migrant, who dreams of escaping north. As bodies begin to pile up, the three find themselves pawns in a game far bigger and more corrupt than they could have imagined, and when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.

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5 stars

the world this book portrays seems....all too possible, really

content warning, if you want to read it, for just about every kind of violence possible

i had a good time reading it! wasn't sure how the various plot threads were going to link up most of the time, but they eventually did and it was amazing

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