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An Occupation of Angels by Lavie Tidhar

By Lavie Tidhar

After Archangels materialise over the bloodbaths of WWII, they soak up place of abode in lots of the world's significant towns. yet what could occur if, greater than region of a century later, whatever one way or the other controlled to kill those excellent beings? Killarney is familiar with and, as an agent operating for the Bureau, a British organisation that is so mystery it does not formally exist, she reveals herself embroiled within the outcomes as, one after the other, the Archangels die. Assigned to track a lacking cryptographer suggestion to have info at the murders, she travels from England, via France, heading for the frozen wastes of the USSR. yet there is an unknown 3rd occasion motive on preventing her, and there is God, who additionally has an schedule. no longer understanding who's pal and who's foe, and with just a short glimpse of a swastika on angel wings as strong info, Killarney struggles to stay alive lengthy sufficient to glean enough details to place jointly the items of the puzzle and entire what's, with no them, an very unlikely venture.

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We need to get you out of the country,” he said, switching to English, but he didn’t take his eyes off the road and that was a good sign; the only thing that could get me out of Warsaw alive right now was a fast car on a one-way journey to the border. When you waste someone like Raphael, there are no doors, there are no holes through which you can escape, and they will hunt you. And don’t even think about flying. ” He wasn’t telling me anything I didn’t know, but there was one thing he didn’t understand, and it’s this: I work alone.

There was a car outside and I hurried in, getting in the front next to Marshall who drove me cheerfully through the rain to Heathrow. ” He’d saluted me with two fingers to the temple and driven off, still whistling. ” I went into three hotels before I got here, acting just like a tourist would when looking for a cheap room. I was clean; I didn't have a tail when I left the airport, but I didn’t know enough, and when I’m in the field, nowhere is friendly ground. Not knowing the full extent of the mission doesn’t worry me; in fact I prefer it that way; if the executive in the field knew too much about the mission she would begin worrying.

Anna Krojer,” he said, “age twenty-seven, German, spent the last year in London studying textile design. Going to Paris on holiday before returning home. ” He came from round the counter. ” Mousy moustache quivering. ” That wasn't entirely unexpected, but I didn't like it. I don’t usually carry guns; guns make you think they’re the answer and when they’re not there and you don’t know what to do, you’re finished. I prefer relying on instinct and my head, not a useless piece of metal. I used it last time but only because it was already there for me, and that was an assassination and you can’t kill one of those bastards without a whole clip of bullets pumped up with blood, that or a bloody nuke.

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