We’re delighted to share the cover for Charles Stross’ The Delirium Brief, the eighth Laundry Files novel! The series explores the workings of the Laundry, a secret British agency responsible for keeping dark inter-dimensional entities from destroying the cosmos and, not incidentally, the human race.
With The Delirium Brief, the Laundry Files has found a new home with Tor.com Publishing (in partnership with Tor Books), with a great cover designed by Peter Lutjen. Check out the full cover below!
The Delirium Brief publishes July 11, 2017 from Tor.com Publishing in partnership with Tor Books. Unlike in the last two installments, The Annihilation Score and The Nightmare Stacks, the perspective shifts back to Bob Howard. Here’s what he’s been up to:
Bob Howard’s career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from unspeakable horrors from beyond spacetime, has entailed high combat, brilliant hacking, ancient magic, and combat with indescribably repellent creatures of pure evil. It has also involved a wearying amount of paperwork and office politics, and his expense reports are still a mess.
Now, following the invasion of Yorkshire by the Host of Air and Darkness, the Laundry’s existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers. What neither Bob nor his managers have foreseen is that their organization has earned the attention of a horror far more terrifying than any demon: a British government looking for public services to privatize. There’s a lot of potential shareholder value in the Laundry’s “knowledge assets.”
Inch by inch, Bob Howard and his managers are forced to consider the truly unthinkable: a coup against the British government itself.