'To work, satire has to be subtle . . . Elliott Hall does this wonderfully'
'Political satires set in chilling dystopian futures don't usually call for sequels . . . Hall's pizzazz ensures you want to know if Felix makes it'
Praise for The First Stone: 'The First Stone is a knockout debut with the confidence to establish its world gradually . . . Strange's sardonic wit makes him the perfect guide to his troublingly familiar landscape'
'This debut crime novel is best read under a sweltering sun . . . against a deftly drawn backdrop, it is ingenious and witty'
'In many ways the most intriguing of new John Murray crop . . . Strange is a very sympathetic hero, who does what private eyes do best by stirring the hornets' nest (and these are some pretty whacky hornets) and a fabulous sense of pace is engendered from page one. This is a very impressive first thriller indeed. More are promised; or if they're not, should be'
'The prose style is smooth and entertaining . . . Hall's world-building remains excellent throughout, creating a truly unsettling future America'
'A sharp and original debut novel'
'It's a really good, traditional private eye story in its own right, coupled with a subtle and believable picture of a fundamentalist state'
'A menacing portrait of an all too plausible future . . . a very readable, fast-paced thriller'
'An outstanding first novel by a new Canadian author we should hear more of'
'A debut novel of considerable quality and great imagination'
'An ingenious twist ... The first in a trilogy, Hall's novel combines pacy storytelling with a disturbing dystopian vision'