A European nation not unlike Bosnia: armed forces roam the lawless
land where dark columns of smoke rise up from the surrounding farms
and houses. The war is ending, perhaps ended. But for the castle
and its occupants, a young lord and lady, the trouble is just
Fearing an invasion of soldiers, the amorous couple takes to the
road with the other refugees, disguised in rags. But the brutal
female lieutenant of an outlaw band of guerrillas has other ideas.
Just hours into their escape, the fleeing aristocrats are delivered
back to the castle, where, now prisoners in their own home, they
become pawns in the lieutenant''s dangerous game of desire, deceit,
"A Song of Stone" demonstrates Iain Banks''s unique ability to
combine gripping narrative with a soaring, voyaging imagination.
This noir fable confirms his reputation as the master of things
dark and debauched. Singular, haunting, and viciously wry, "A Song
of Stone" is a tour de force of contemporary fiction.