Following Iain Banks' diagnosis with cancer, new novel "The Quarry" will be published June 25 (June 20 in the UK), and its main character Guy is also dying of cancer.
"Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends -- or at least the friends with the most to lose by his death. Paul -- the rising star in the Labour party who dreads the day a tape they all made at university might come to light; Alison and Robbie, corporate bunnies whose relationship is daily more fractious; Pris and Haze, once an item, now estranged, and finally Hol -- friend, mentor, former lover and the only one who seemed to care," reads the publisher's excerpt.
"But what will happen to Kit when Guy is gone? And why isn't Kit's mother in the picture? As the friends reunite for Guy's last days, old jealousies, affairs and lies come to light as Kit watches on."
Scottish-born author Banks has said that "The Quarry" will be his final novel, following the April 3 announcement of his terminal diagnosis.
His 1984 debut "The Wasp Factory" was met with critical acclaim, while his science-fiction literature, including the Culture series, was published under his pen-name Iain M. Banks.
Banks married partner Adele Hartley on March 29, having proposed with typical wit in asking her to become his widow.