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Chris McKinneys acclaimed sci-fi noir series concludes in Book 3 of the Water City Trilogy, Sunset, Water City.

In this powerful conclusion, faith, technology, power, and parenthood clash when the nameless protagonist passes the responsibility of saving the world to his teenage daughter.

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Sunset, Water City  •  Chris McKinney  •  ISBN: 9781641295130  •  On sale Dec. 5, 2023  •  Hardcover  •  Soho Crime




Discover Book 1 in Chris McKinneys brilliant new sci-fi noir trilogy.

In a future of underwater cities, artificially extended lifespans, and a wealth gap that has outlived a near-apocalypse, a world-weary detective investigates the grisly murder of the enigmatic scientist who once saved the world.

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Year 2142: Earth is forty years past a near-collision with the asteroid Sessho-seki. Akira Kimura, the scientist responsible for eliminating the threat, has reached heights of celebrity approaching deification. But now, Akira feels her safety is under threat, so after years without contact, she reaches out to her former head of security, who has since become a police detective.

When he arrives at her deep-sea home and finds Akira methodically dismembered, this detective will risk everything—his career, his family, even his own life—and delve back into his shared past with Akira to find her killer. With a rich, cinematic voice and burning cynicism, Midnight, Water City is both a thrilling neo-noir procedural and a stunning exploration of research, class, climate change, the cult of personality, and the dark sacrifices we are willing to make in the name of progress.

Midnight, Water City  •  Chris McKinney  •  ISBN: 9781641293686  •  On sale now  •  Trade paperback  •  Soho Crime




Chris McKinneys acclaimed sci-fi noir series continues in Book 2 of the Water City Trilogy, Eventide, Water City.

Hawaiʻi author Chris McKinney’s sweeping, cinematic follow-up 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.

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Eventide, Water City  •  Chris McKinney  •  ISBN: 9781641294317  •  On sale July 11, 2023  •  Hardcover  •  Soho Crime

Author Chris McKinney presents the Water City Trilogy and speaks on the fusion of genres he employs to tell one cohesive story.

“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.”


“This distinctive novel brims with delightful innovations, razor-sharp social commentary and richly wrought characters, all set against a teeming underwater city.”


“This gritty noir set in a sci-fi landscape is a real page-turner.”


“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

“A must-read . . . Midnight, Water City is one of those rare nov­els that will satisfy fans of crime fiction as well as diehard lovers of classic SF. McKinney is a talented storyteller who created an all-too-real world under the ocean that feels perfectly plausible and yet entirely new.”
Locus Magazine

McKinney writes the story as if it were a Greek tragedy, right down to the family struggles of epic proportions, and it’s a reflection on intergenerational trauma, which will resonate with many readers . . . A murder mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The Globe and Mail

“In this pitch-black noir, McKinney raises the tension step-by-step as his protagonist encounters foes both physical and mental, all while building a detailed universe.”

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About the author

Discover more about the author of the Water City Trilogy, Chris McKinney.

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