They call it Company Town--a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd.
Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bio-engineered enhancements. As such, she's the last truly organic person left on the rig--making her doubly an outsider, as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. Still, her expertise in the arts of self-defense and her record as a fighter mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats seemingly coming from another timeline?
Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city's stability and heightens the unease of a rig turning over. All signs point to a nearly invisible serial killer, but all of the murders seem to lead right back to Hwa's front door. Company Town has never been the safest place to be--but now, the danger is personal.
A brilliant, twisted mystery, as one woman must evaluate saving the people of a town that can't be saved, or saving herself.
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«Elegant, cruel, and brutally perfect, Company Town is a prize of a novel.»
--Mira Grant, New York Times Bestselling and Hugo-Award nominated author of the Newsflesh series
«This is brave, bold, crazy storytelling at the edge and doesn't read like anything else I've seen up or down the pike. I don't even know where she gets these ideas, but I hope she keeps getting them and writing the stories that result.»
--Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of the Miriam Black Series
«A brilliant and chilling look at our post-oil future. I haven't been this hooked by an SF novel for ages.»—
Charlie Stross, author of Empire State
«The world is an updated version of Raymond Chandler's, with gray morals and broken characters, and Hwa's internal monologue has just the right balance of introspection and wit…[a] very solid page-turner.»
«The skill with which Ashby introduces her various SF elements is worthy of the best Heinlein….Company Town never falters in its pacing. It's a terrific ride.» --Locus
«I'm an immense fan of Ashby's work…It is often profound, and it is never boring.» ―Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
About the Author
MADELINE ASHBY is a science fiction writer, strategic foresight consultant, anime fan, and expat. Her debut series about killer robots included vN and the sequel, iD. Her essays and criticism have appeared at BoingBoing, io9.com, WorldChanging, Creators Project, Arcfinity, and Tor.com. Since late 2014, she has been a regular columnist for the Ottawa Citizen.