The sequel to Midnight, Water City follows a detective from the depths of earth's oceans to the moon as he unravels a cosmic conspiracy that threatens to destroy the remnants of human life.
Year 2150: Eight years after the murder of Akira Kimura, Water City’s renowned scientist and anointed “God,” the nameless antihero who tracked down Akira’s killer is no longer a detective, but a stay-at-home dad. While his wife climbs the corporate ladder of the city’s police department, he raises their now nine-year-old daughter and occasionally takes the odd job as a bounty hunter.
His domestic bliss is threatened when Ascalon’s Scar—the mark left by Akira’s destruction of Sessho-seki, the asteroid that nearly wiped out life on Earth—vanishes from the sky and a familiar face thought dead returns from the ocean depths to exact revenge on humanity. On a journey to the moon and back, Water City’s antihero will risk everything, including his family, to save the last of the human race—even if it means unraveling the dark conspiracy at the heart of their world.
About the Author
Chris McKinney was born and raised in Hawai‘i, on the island of O‘ahu. He has written six novels, including The Tattoo and The Queen of Tears; a coauthored memoir; and screenplays for two feature films and two short films. He is the winner of the Elliot Cades Award and seven Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards and has been appointed Visiting Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawai‘i at Manōa.
Praise for Eventide, Water City
“Binge-worthy . . . The noir tone of the trilogy is sure to appeal as much to detective novel readers as it is to science fiction fans—and its commentary on class, climate, and the morality of truth is absolutely on point.” —Paste
“This second instalment kicks things off with an old enemy coming back to life, and spreads out with new complications in the plot, fresh characters and a more extensive exploration of his upside-down waterworld. And this time our hero isn’t just saving the planet but his family, too . . . McKinney has a fantastic imagination that’s running in high gear here.” —The Toronto Star
“Eventide, Water City is sci-fi, neo-noir at its finest. Chris McKinney doesn’t just build a world—he conjures up a glimpse at what the world could be if we’re not careful.” —Eli Cranor, author of Don't Know Tough
“Combine[s] brilliant worldbuilding and sophisticated plotting . . . McKinney keeps readers guessing about the story’s direction for much of the novel, and sticks the landing with a near-perfect conclusion. Sci-fi thriller fans will anxiously await the series finale.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“A propulsive thriller filled with cinematic scenes. As this near-future Earth is threatened with destruction yet again, one man struggles against the tide with everything he has, never certain whether he’s fighting for or against the doom that awaits the world. Recommended for those who love sci-fi thrillers and near-future postapocalyptic wild rides.” —Library Journal
Praise for Midnight, Water City A CrimeReads Best Speculative Mystery of the Year A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery of the Year
“This distinctive novel brims with delightful innovations, razor-sharp social commentary and richly wrought characters, all set against a teeming underwater city.” —Newsweek
“The whodunit angle may be familiar but Chris McKinney makes it work with his world-building chops and the creation of an authentic protagonist.” —The Toronto Star
“This gritty noir set in a sci-fi landscape is a real page-turner.” —Buzzfeed
“After reading Water City Trilogy, a sci-fi triptych out of Hieronymus Bosch, you may never look at your phone the same way again. A powerful parable about the illusion of free will and the poison of ego couched in a fast-paced, wisecrack-filled detective story, the novels jolly you along the road to environmental and technological disaster. It’s a swell ride, exhilarating, the prose crackling.” —The Hawai‘i Review of Books
“Many writers use crime fiction to reveal hidden elements of society or expose the abuses of those in power . . . And that sense of powerful people concealing crucial secrets from the general public is very much on display in Chris McKinney’s Midnight, Water City—a novel which makes the most of its slow-burning narrative of detection.” —Tor.com