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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, set in a future where a eugenicist system controls human birth, C.A. Lupton’s Red Dirt Girl Lupton follows sapiosexual Detective Cooper-Clark investigating the murder of a young woman who had miscarried an illegal baby.
Red Dirt Girl
The chilling new book from C.A. Lupton, Red Dirt Girl, is an extraordinary speculative tale, and one of the most exciting and innovative books to be published in the last few years.
Set in the near future, Red Dirt Girl delivering dystopian vibes echoing those of Orwell, Atwood et al as it explores huge and topical themes, like climate change and human genetic modification, with a strong crime noir feel.
The loss of habitable landmass in the late postgenomic era has severely restricted human birth. In the drive for species perfection, increasingly limited numbers are allowed to breed, and the ever mounting pressure between the reproductive ‘haves’ and ‘the have nots’ is coming to the boil.
When the body of a young woman is discovered, Detective Cooper-Clark, or Coop to his friends, considers it to be a routine case: one more casualty of the ‘red dirt cocktail’ of medications, sickness and misery. However, the case becomes anything but routine when he learns that the female had recently miscarried an illegal pregnancy. Persuaded the lost child is the way in to the homicide, Coop ends up sucked into the filthy waters of state-supported selective breeding and to the core of an existential battle for command over human reproduction.
An analogue Detective in a digital world, Detective Cooper-Clark has the potential, just like Conan Doyle’s Holmes, to keep readers entertained and guessing until the very end.
C. A. Lupton worked in the health sciences throughout her career, first in a university research unit and then in the R&D Directorate of the then-Health Department. Now retired, she lives on the South coast with her family and no other creatures.
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Published by The Book Guild, Red Dirt Girl is available in paperback (ISBN No: 978-1913913878) and Kindle format.
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