The Water Knife by Paul Bacigalupi
Storyline: Set in a not so distant future Southwest, where water is scarce and states compete over dwindling supplies from the Colorado River. In steps Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy. A water knife, Angel, “cuts” water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and its boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious developments can bloom in the desert; however a game-changing water source surfaces in Phoenix and sets Angel on a different course…one of survival.
What the Critics Say:
“A fresh cautionary tale classic, depicting an America newly shaped by scarcity of our most vital resource. The pages practically turn themselves in a tense, taut plot of crosses and double-crosses, given added depth by riveting characters. This brutal near-future thriller seems so plausible in the world it depicts that you will want to stock up on bottled water.”–Library Journal, starred review