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By Lauren Beukes

A new paperback variation of Lauren Beukes's Arthur C Clarke Award-winning novel set in a global the place murderers and different criminals collect magical animals which are mystically bonded to them.
Zinzi has a Sloth on her again, a grimy 419 rip-off behavior, and a expertise for locating misplaced issues. while a bit outdated girl turns up lifeless and the law enforcement officials confiscate her final paycheck, Zinzi's pressured to tackle her least favourite form of job--missing persons.

Being employed by way of reclusive song manufacturer Odi Huron to discover a teenybop pop celebrity might be her price ticket out of Zoo urban, the festering slum the place the felony underclass and their animal partners reside within the shadow of hell's undertow. as an alternative, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a urban twisted via crime and magic, the place she'll be compelled to confront the darkish secrets and techniques of former lives--including her own.

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