In the Socialist Utopia of the People’s Republic of Britain a routine criminal investigation spirals out of control with world-shattering consequences.
The Cold War ended 30 years ago, the Communists have won in Europe and the world has settled into two blocks divided by a silicon curtain, The Partition.
The tranquil backwater of the People’s Republic of Britain is due to host an international sporting event, the Games, and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the country becoming a republic. When the organiser of the Games dies suddenly and his office is broken into, Barrow, the retired security operative enlisted to investigate, is drawn into a conspiracy that has implications not only for him and his team of young and inexperienced assistants, but for their entire way of life.
How is the American research student Julia Verona implicated? Is some kind of attack being planned? Who is really in command of the operation? Is there a double agent within the PRBs security apparatus? What is the significance of the reclusive novelist Vernon Crane?
Fusing the trappings of a literary thriller with experimental style, Eminent Domain explores the art, culture, politics, personalities, conflicts, loves, and losses of a range of boldly realized characters in a Utopian world radically different to our own but recognizably the way that things, at one time, might have been.
A kaleidoscopic satire of our present moment, Eminent Domain is both a dark thriller and a radical neo-modernist experiment that probes at the limits of Utopia, a formally dazzling reimagining of the political novel in which lives, worlds and even realities collide to devastating effect.