PASSION PLAY. Victoria, B.C. Beach Holme Publishers, . Octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Tesseract 0-88878-314-0. "The Redemption Presidency has transformed America. Adulterers are stoned. Executions are televised. But sin still exists. And so does murder ..." - publisher's description. Irwin's "first novel, PASSION PLAY (1992) ... depicts a near future America governed by the fundamentalist religious right. The story is told by a female private eye in standard noir style, down to the sequence of interviews with suspects which make up the center of the narrative; although there are fewer surprises at this level than perhaps desirable, Stewart engages throughout in a revisionist scrutiny of the conventions he follows." - John Clute, SFE (online). "With its dark and nastily believable 'pro-life' future and its thoroughly convincing female protagonist, PASSION PLAY makes Sean Stewart a talent to watch." - William Gibson. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. A fine copy. (#146641).
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