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DOWNLOAD º The Vaults À In a dystopians America, a chilling series of events leads three men down a path to uncover their city s darkest secretAt the height of the most corrupt administration in the City s history, a mysterious duplicate file is discovered deep within the Vaults a cavernous hall containing all of the municipal criminal justice records of the last seventy years F The book turned out to be far grimmer than I expected The plot focuses on a conspiracy that the mayor, Red Henry, and his cronies have tried very hard to cover up Three very different men Arthur Puskis, archivist of the criminal records of the city, Frank Friggs, rebel reporter and vocal opponent of Red Henry, and Ethan Poole, private eye unwittingly find themselves uncovering pieces of the story and putting them together The premise was fascinating, but the writing style was hard to follow The book turned out to be far grimmer than I expected The plot focuses on a conspiracy that the mayor, Red Henry, and his cronies have tried very hard to cover up Three very different men Arthur Puskis, archivist of the criminal records of the city, Frank Friggs, rebel reporter and vocal opponent of Red Henry, and Ethan Poole, private eye unwittingly find themselves uncovering pieces of the story and putting them together The premise was fascinating, but the writing style was hard to follow at times An entertaining read which was dark this was my first book by Toby Ball he takes you on a journey into the darkest places 3 stars An entertaining read which was dark this was my first book by Toby Ball he takes you on a journey into the darkest places 3 stars THE VAULTS is pure class Toby Ball has conjured a fully evoked world in his nameless city that, for all its 1930s trappings, retains that surreal and timeless atmosphere of Gotham, Brave New World, and 1984 Behind the many thrills loom the larger targets of Mr Ball s novel the archiving of human depravity in the information age and the legacy of crime in the collective consciousness A provocative and dazzling debut. This is a spooky period thriller set in The City, a 1930s metropolis dominated by Red Henry, a corrupt former prizefighter who bullies his foes with the money of powerful business connections, the use of a secret police unit called the Anti Subversion Unit, and his own menacing physical presence As the novel opens, Arthur Puskis, the archivist in the Vaults, an underground library of files about the city s criminal history, discovers a strange anomaly in the files that only he maintains a du This is a spooky period thriller set in The City, a 1930s metropolis dominated by Red Henry, a corrupt former prizefighter who bullies his foes with the money of powerful business connections, the use of a secret police unit called the Anti Subversion Unit, and his own menacing physical presence As the novel opens, Arthur Puskis, the archivist in the Vaults, an underground library of files about the city s criminal history, discovers a strange anomaly in the files that only he maintains a duplicate file for the same criminal, mostly identical except for two different pictures of the man in question So begins inquiries that will uncover the Navajo Project, a shady plot involving certain criminals, their victims, and their families The story alternates between the views of Puskis, a sleazy but rugged private detective named Ethan Poole, and a reefer smoking investigative journalist named Frank Frings In short but atmospheric chapters, the three uncover different pieces of the conspiracy while also becoming wrapped up in the struggles between the labor union, a group of Polish businessman that Mayor Henry is wooing, Henry s creepy bunch of ASU thugs, and dynamite throwing anarchists.I thought this was excellent The pacing and suspense are strong, the characters are vivid and cinematic, and the plot unspools with great skill Perhaps the end is not quite as strong as the rest, but it was still satisfying I particularly liked the Puskis chapters As a librarian, I was fascinated by his hermitlike existence in The Vaults, and his devotion to the organization and sanctity of their contents In one subplot, Mayor Henry wants to convert the paper vaults to an early, flawed computer system, supposedly as an upgrade, but secretly to whitewash content that could reveal some of his evil doings There are fascinating parallels here to the switch to digital archives.This police state and its vaults are set in history, but have a timeless feel This isn t just the story of these particular events, but a moody meditation on monopoly dominated totalitarian states and the crimes they commit against human identity Ball has made a first rate debut