In The Family Trade and The Hidden Family, Miriam got in touch with her roots. Now those roots have begun to strangle her. A young business journalist from Boston, Miriam discovered that her family comes from a parallel timeline, that she is very well-connected, and that her family is way too much like the Mafia for her comfort. Shes tried hard to remain her own woman, even going so far to start a profitable (and legitimate) business in a third timeline she has discovered, outside the family reach. There have been murders and betrayals. Now, however, she may be overreaching if she gets caught, death or worse is around the bend. For instance, theres the brain-damaged son of the local king who needs a wife . . . But theyd never make her do that, would they? Stross gives us an escape fantasy that is most seductive, indeed Salon The Clan Corporate offers more proof, if any were needed, why Charles Stross has become universally acknowledged as one of science fictions major new talents Mike Resnick

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