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By Matt Ruff

Jane Charlotte has been arrested for homicide.

She tells police that she is a member of a mystery association dedicated to combating evil; her department is termed the dep. for the ultimate Disposition of Irredeemable Persons—"Bad Monkeys" for brief.

This confession earns Jane a visit to the jail's psychiatric wing, the place a physician makes an attempt to figure out no matter if she is mendacity, crazy—or enjoying a special online game altogether. What follows is without doubt one of the so much smart and gripping novels you'll ever learn.

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And he never listens when I say I don't think, I don't know. Somewhere, in the deeper reaches of my subconscious state which I simply cannot access when I'm awake, I obviously thought that this was a very good idea at the time. She shrugged. ’ He put his fleece jacket around her shoulders and bit his tongue against commenting on her wellington boots. They certainly weren't Hunters, they weren't even imitations. These were old-fashioned: shapeless tubes of black rubber reaching the unflattering point midway up her bare calves.

Without socks they are tolerable. ’ ‘I have the most terrible blisters,’ Petra explained, as Eric unlocked the studio and they went about flicking on lights and hoicking up blinds. ’ ‘You could say that,’ Petra said quietly. ‘I sleepwalked last night. Right out of the house. Almost a mile. ’ ‘Dear God,’ Eric exclaimed. He took a long look at her. ’ In the fifteen years he'd known her, since they were undergraduates in jewellery design at Central St Martins, he'd become familiar with her two very different morning faces.

Gina asks. ‘Because you don't look it. ’ ‘I had a bad night,’ Petra tells them. ‘I'm fine now. ’ Gina mouths to Eric who shakes his head. ‘Not Rob,’ Petra hurries. ‘Rob came to my rescue. I just went walkabout whilst I was asleep. ’ ‘Right out of the house,’ Eric whispers to the other two. ’ ‘I don't even know where Whetstone is,’ Gina says, as if it was possibly as far flung as the Arctic. ’ ‘I do, usually,’ Petra says. ’ Kitty asks darkly. ‘In Whetstone? A past life? Or ancestors? ’ Petra smiles and shakes her head.

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