Two stories in a horrific pandemic – one a woman who is apparently immune to the disease that is killing her neighbors, one a police officer who is afraid of everything – are drawn together in a contingently hopeful conclusion.

The pandemic in this story is worse than the real one we’ve faced over the last two years – infection seems almost guaranteed to be fatal, and the social effects are even more stark than in our own dyspeptic age – but there are certainly things about it that ring true: the isolation, the fear, the blame.