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New releases and reissues in Speculative Fiction - Week 22.7-28.7.2013

Here's latest edition of new speculative fiction releases, this time covering period from 22.7.2013 until 28.7.2013 (fourth week of July/2013). As always, our list also includes reissues published this week. This week: long anticipated debut novel by J.M. Sidorova and interesting new anthologies. Enjoy!

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Carniepunk by Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne and Seanan McGuire (Jul 23, 2013)

RACHEL CAINE’s vampires aren’t child’s play, as a naïve teen discovers when her heart leads her far, far astray in “The Cold Girl.” With “Parlor Tricks,” JENNIFER ESTEP pits Gin Blanco, the Elemental Assassin, against the Wheel of Death and some dangerously creepy clowns. SEANAN McGUIRE narrates a poignant, ethereal tale of a mysterious carnival that returns to a dangerous town after twenty years in “Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea.” KEVIN HEARNE’s Iron Druid and his wisecracking Irish wolfhound discover in “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street” that the impossibly wholesome sounding Kansas Wheat Festival is actually not a healthy place to hang out. With an eerie, unpredictable twist, ROB THURMAN reveals the fate of a psychopath stalking two young carnies in “Painted Love.” 

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Kiss of Venom by Jennifer Estep (Jul 22, 2013)

When you have a history of dating an assassin, a night out on the town can turn deadly—fast. Owen Grayson is still wracked with guilt over the end of his love affair with Gin Blanco, and there aren’t enough gin and tonics in all of Ashland to ease his heartache. But when Gin happens to show up at the same nightclub, he isn’t the only one hoping to get her alone. Some shadowy figures will do anything to take down the Spider, Gin’s assassin alter ego, and Owen will do anything to protect her. This could be the way to win her back, or at least give her a night off from fighting for her life—if Owen can survive...

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WAR GOD: Nights of the Witch by Graham Hancock (Jul 23, 2013)

This is the epic story of the clash of two empires, two armies and two gods of war. Five hundred desperate adventurers are about to pit themselves against the most brutal armies of the ancient Americas, armies hundreds of thousands strong.

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Two Fronts (The War That Came Early, Book Five) by Harry Turtledove (Jul 23, 2013)

In the real world, England and France allowed Adolf Hitler to gobble up the Sudetenland in 1938. Once Hitler finished dismembering Czechoslovakia, he was ready to go to war over Poland a year later. But Hitler had always been eager to seize Czechoslovakia, no matter the consequences. So what if England and France had stood up to the Nazis from the start, and not eleven months later? That is the question behind the War That Came Early series.

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Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (Jul 23, 2013)

A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

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Sinai Tapestry: 1 (The Jerusalem Quartet) by Edward Whittemore (Jul 23, 2013)

In 1840, Plantagenet Strongbow, the twenty-ninth Duke of Dorset, seven-feet-seven-inches tall and the greatest swordsman and botanist of Victorian England, walks away from the family estate and disappears into the Sinai Desert carrying only a large magnifying glass and a portable sundial. He emerges forty years later as an Arab holy man and anthropologist, now the author of a massive study of Levantine sex—and the secret owner of the Ottoman Empire.

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Quin's Shanghai Circus by Edward Whittemore (Jul 23, 2013)

Quin, born in China and raised in the Bronx, is orphaned in the closing days of the Second World War when his parents go missing and are presumed dead in Shanghai. Years later, in a Bronx bar, Quin encounters a stranger who hints that he can uncover the secrets of his past by accompanying Big Gobi, an adult orphan too simpleminded to travel alone, on a journey to meet his guardian in Tokyo. Quin arrives in Japan determined to uncover the truth about his parents’ past, but his search soon raises more questions than answers. What are the connections between a Russian anarchist, a one-eyed baron who is head of the Japanese secret service known as the Kempeitai, and the atrocities committed during the rape of Nanking? And what does any of it have to do with Quin’s parents?

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Nile Shadows: 3 (The Jerusalem Quartet) by Edward Whittemore (Jul 23, 2013)

On a clear night in 1941, a hand grenade explodes in a Cairo bar, taking the life of Stern, a petty gunrunner and morphine addict, nationality unknown, his aliases so numerous that it’s impossible to determine whether he was a Moslem, Christian, or Jew.

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King Arthur (Myths and Legends) by Daniel Mersey and Alan Lathwell (Jul 23, 2013)

Despite his enduring popularity, King Arthur remains the most enigmatic of Britain's legendary heroes. In this new book, author Dan Mersey retells the great stories of Arthur, while exploring the different facets of Arthurian myth, from the numerous, conflicting theories of his historical origin, through the tales of Welsh folklore and Medieval romance, and concluding with an examination of his various portrayals in the modern media. Presented with both classic and newly commissioned artwork, this book is an easy-to-read, yet highly detailed introduction to the complex body of myth and legend that surrounds Britain's greatest hero.

 

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Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume 2 HC by Chase Conley, Jim Butcher and Mark Powers (Jul 23, 2013)

The star of Jim Butcher's New York Times bestselling novel series, The Dresden Files, Harry Dresden is a private investigator whose clients require a detective with supernatural expertise - in other words, he's a wizard for hire. The Windy City has been hit with an outbreak of savage werewolf attacks - a case made even more chaotic and challenging by the fact that Harry's uncovered no less than three lycanthropic groups, each seemingly in conflict with one another. On top of that, Harry's lost the faith of his one friend and ally among the Chicago Police Department, Karrin Murphy. Now she, along with werewolves and hostile FBI Agents, hunts Harry while he races against the rise of the next full moon to discover who - or what - is behind the string of murders!

 

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Jerusalem Poker: 2 (The Jerusalem Quartet) by Edward Whittemore (Jul 23, 2013) reissue

On New Year’s Eve, 1921, three men sit down to a poker game. The Great Jerusalem Poker Game, as it’s eventually known, continues for the next twelve years—the players unwilling to leave a competition whose prize is control of Jerusalem. The players are as exotic as the game: Cairo Martyr, a one-time African slave, now the Middle East’s chief supplier of aphrodisiac mummy dust; Joe O’Sullivan Beare, an Irish tradesman with a specialty in sacred phallic amulets; and Munk Szondi, an Austro-Hungarian Imperial Army colonel turned dedicated Zionist.

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iZombie Vol. 1: Dead to the World by CHRIS ROBERSON, MICHAEL ALLRED and Michael Allred (Jul 23, 2013)

Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person – until she eats her next brain. She sets out to fulfi ll the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.

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A Game of Thrones: Comic Book, Issue 14 by George R. R. Martin (Jul 23, 2013)

Daniel Abraham's riveting adaptation of the fantasy masterwork by George R. R. Martin continues. When three lords owing allegiance to Riverrun come to King's Landing to complain of Ser Gregor Clegane, it falls to Eddard Stark, in the absence of the king, to pass judgment. He declares the brutish Clegane, a bannerman of House Lannister, guilty of treason and dispatches men to bring him to justice. Knowing that this will increase the enmity of the powerful Lannisters, Eddard decides that he must send his daughters, Sansa and Arya, home to Winterfell. Meanwhile, another Lannister, Tyrion-the Imp-gains savage new allies in his quest for vengeance against Lady Stark. And Eddard, enlightened by the unwitting Arya, moves against Cersei Lannister . . . yet acts with a mercy he may come to regret.

 

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Forged in Fire (Sarah Jane Beauhall) by J. A. Pitts (Jul 23, 2013) reissue

Sarah Jane Beauhall thinks she's getting her life in order. The blacksmith turned dragon slayer has it all figured out—little things like dealing with the political intrigue of dragons who secretly run our world and learning to wield the magic that she has been given by none other than Odin, who has been fighting the dragons for millennia. And then there is the matter of coming to terms with who she is…and how to build a life with her partner, Katie.

 

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Dead Winter (Time of Legends) by Clint Werner (Jul 23, 2013) reissue

The Empire rests on the edge of destruction – the reign of the greedy and incompetent Emperor Boris Goldgather has shaken down the great and prosperous edifice of Sigmar's erstwhile realm. Without warning, a terrible and deadly plague strikes, wiping out entire villages and leaving towns eerily silent through the long frozen months. As the survivors struggle to maintain order and a worthy military presence, vermin pour up from the sewers and caverns beneath the cities, heralding a new and unspeakable threat – the insidious skaven!

 

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Blighted Empire (Warhammer TIme of Legends) by Clint Lee Werner (Jul 23, 2013)

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The Black Prism (Lightbringer) by Brent Weeks (Jul 23, 2013)

THE BLACK PRISM begins a brand new action-packed tale of magic and adventure ...

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The Age of Ice: A Novel by J. M. Sidorova (Jul 23, 2013)

The Empress Anna Ioannovna has issued her latest eccentric order: construct a palace out of ice blocks. Inside its walls her slaves build a wedding chamber, a canopy bed on a dais, heavy drapes cascading to the floor—all made of ice. Sealed inside are a disgraced nobleman and a deformed female jester. On the empress’s command—for her entertainment—these two are to be married, the relationship consummated inside this frozen prison. In the morning, guards enter to find them half-dead. Nine months later, two boys are born.

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A Terror: A Tor.com Original by Jeffrey Ford (Jul 24, 2013)

"A Terror", by Jeffrey Ford, is a dark fantasy/horror novelette about a strange encounter Miss Emily Dickinson has one early September morning, and the consequences for her and others.

 

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Bloodfire Quest (The Dark Legacy of Shannara) by Terry Brooks (Jul 24, 2013) reissue

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The adventure that started in Wards of Faerie takes a thrilling new turn, in the second novel of Terry Brooks’s brand-new trilogy—The Dark Legacy of Shannara!

The quest for the long-lost Elfstones has drawn the leader of the Druid order and her followers into the hellish dimension known as the Forbidding, where the most dangerous creatures banished from the Four Lands are imprisoned. Now the hunt for the powerful talismans that can save their world has become a series of great challenges: a desperate search for kidnapped comrades, a relentless battle against unspeakable predators, and a grim race to escape the Forbidding alive. But though freedom is closer than they know, it may come at a terrifying price.

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Mistry by Moonlight by Claire Merchant (Jul 25, 2013)

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Crown Thief (Tales of Easie Damasco) by David Tallerman and James Langton (Jul 25, 2013) reissue

Meet Easie Damasco: thief, liar… and lately, reluctant hero But whatever good intentions Damasco may have are about to be tested to their limits, as the most valuable – and dangerous – object in the land comes within his light-fingered grasp. Add in some suicidally stubborn giants, an old enemy with dreams of empire, and the deadliest killer in two kingdoms on his heels, and Easie’s chances of staying honest – or even just surviving – are getting slimmer by the hour. “Damasco resembles a landlocked version of Jack Sparrow… The atypical backdrop, self-aware style and downplaying of magics bring to mind the contemporary fantasies of Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie.” - SFX Magazine

 

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Inspector Hobbes and the Blood (Unhuman) by Wilkie Martin (Jul 26, 2013)

As a crime wave breaks in the quiet Cotswold streets, Andy Caplet, a failed reporter, is reluctantly immersed in Inspector Hobbes's investigation. Allergic to danger and exercise, Andy is thrown into grave confusion as he discovers not everyone is human.

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Guardsman of Gor: Gorean Saga, Book 16 by John Norman (Jul 26, 2013) reissue

Thrust into a life full of woeful twists and turns, Jason Marshall has contended with the prehistoric customs and immeasurable power of the Goreans. His struggles on Gor, a planet resembling Earth, included escaping imprisonment, enslavement, and redeeming lost land. Jason has fought to regain control of his life. Having ascended to a position of power in the Gorean army, Jason must prevail in a battle that seems destined to destroy Gor. Jason has a lot riding on his success as a war leader: prestige, wealth, and an Earth girl of goddesslike beauty. Will Jason be able to win the war and avoid a fate worse than death? Will he be able to find the girl who holds his affections? Will he be able to live as a free man on Earth's counterpart and rise to a still higher position of power and respect?

 

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Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock (The Chronicles of A) (Volume 1) by Judyann McCole (Jul 26, 2013)

I wish I could tell you the contents of this book were purely fictional. That I, Adela Arthur, was just a normal sixteen year old from Portland and that dragons, giants, elves and mermaids were just myths. I wish these were legends shared from crazy old grandparents to crazy old grandparents around campfires. After all, that is what I used to believe.

 

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection by Gardner Dozois (Jul 23, 2013) reissue

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world through their short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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Tales From the Radiation Age (Kindle Serial) by Jason Sheehan (Jul 23, 2013)

In a post-apocalyptic America that has shattered into a hundred perpetually warring fiefdoms, anyone with a loud voice and a doomsday weapon can be king (and probably has been). Duncan Archer—con man, carpetbagger, survivor—has found a way to somehow successfully navigate the end of the world, with its giant killer robots, radioactive mutants, mad scientists, rampant nanotechnology, armed gangs, sea monsters, and 101 unpleasant ways to die.

 

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The Other Place, and Other Stories of the Same Sort by J. B. Priestley and John Baxendale (Jul 23, 2013)

"These stories say something meaningful, as well as relate an anecdote. They are not only examples of narrative skill, but exhibitions of social truth." - Saturday Review

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Chimera: A Jim Chapel Mission by David Wellington (Jul 23, 2013)

Afghanistan veteran Jim Chapel has been enlisted in a new war.

 

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Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke (Jul 23, 2013)

Just a generation ago, this place was called America. Now, after the worldwide implementation of a UN-led program called Agenda 21, it’s simply known as “the Republic.” There is no president. No Congress. No Supreme Court. No freedom.

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Surviving Home: A Novel by A. American (Jul 24, 2013)

No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared?

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Going Home: A Novel of Survival by A. American (Jul 24, 2013)

When Morgan Carter’s car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored—if it ever will be. An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back.

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The Zen Gun by Barrington J. Bayley (Jul 25, 2013) reissue

Pout, the chimera, half-man, half-ape, was incorporated into one of the plants or vice versa. He was jammed into a squatting position, while the stems, entering at his buttocks, merged with his legs, his arms and his torso, emerging at knees, elbows, and through his abdomen and thorax. A large, yellow-petalled flower seemed to frame his face.

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The Tenth Planet by Edmund Cooper (Jul 25, 2013) reissue

The Dag Hammarskjold takes off from Woomera, Australia for the new human settlement on Mars.

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Temporary Agency (Unquenchable Fire) by Rachel Pollack (Jul 25, 2013) reissue

When Ellen was fourteen, her cousin, Paul, angered a Malignant One, and he turned to Ellen for help. And then, when things had started to get out of hand, when the usual spells and charms didn't work, and when the usual agencies didn't want to know, she contacted Alison Birkett, the lawyer who specialised in demonic possession and corruption in the Spiritual Development Agency. And Ellen's life was changed...

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Star Trove by Kenneth Bulmer (Jul 25, 2013) reissue

Among the myriad colourful characters of the galaxy, men called him a Treasure Troubleshooter.

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Skyship by John Brosnan (Jul 25, 2013) reissue

A giant airship over 2000 feet long, powered by a nuclear reactor. Carrying 400 passengers, as well as cargo, it's the first of a luxury fleet that could revolutionise long-distance travel.

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Rats and Gargoyles (Rat Lords) by Mary Gentle (Jul 25, 2013) reissue

It is a nameless city somewhere between past and future, a mythic realm at the "heart of the world," where wicked Rat Lords have reduced all humankind to slaves, and god-daemons make the decision to end all existence. This energizes a compelling quest for survival, and prompts the powerful White Crow to order an uprising against this chaotic strike that threatens them all. Among those who respond to her are the defiant Prince Lucas of Candover, a student at the University of Crime, and no mans's slave; and Zari, the young Katayan woman who is destined to become the living Memory of all that follows. And others rally to join them in one final desperate revolt, hoping to create a magic powerful enough to reshape the very nature of how they live.

 

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The Galaxy Primes by E. E. 'Doc' Smith (Jul 25, 2013) reissue

The ship was called the Pleiades, and it was Earth's first starship. It could travel instantaneously to literally anywhere in the universe - but that was just the trouble with it. For there was absolutely no way of predicting where in the infinites of space it would reappear when it winked out of the Solar System, and no way of knowing how to return.

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The Architecture of Desire (Rat Lords) by Mary Gentle (Jul 25, 2013) reissue

Mercenaries in lace and steel roam the countryside and the heads of criminals are impaled on London Bridge. The characters' relationships are played out in the shadow of the hangman's rope. Sequel to Rats and Gargoyles.

 

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Star Wars: Purge by Haden Blackman and John Ostrander (Jul 26, 2013)

After Order 66, few Jedi dare to venture outside the shadows - rumors of the dark and terrible Darth Vader haunting even their waking moments. The Empire is always watching, and Vader himself is eager to confront any Jedi that might bring him closer to the whereabouts of his betrayer, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Prepare for Jedi versus Sith action unlike any seen since the Old Republic!

 

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The Clone Rebellion: Clone Empire Bk. 6 by Steven L. Kent (Jul 26, 2013)

After a blistering defeat by alien forces, clone soldier Lt. Wayson Harris and his brethren have been exiled to the far reaches of the galaxy where the Unified Authority intends to use them as targets for live-fire training exercises. Now, Harris will unleash his rage against the might of the U.A. Fleet, leading an army with everything to fight for, and one thing to die for-revenge.

 

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The Teachers (Parallel Ops) by R.J. Archer (Jul 27, 2013)

The Teachers is the fourth and final novel in the Parallel Ops series. Sequestered in an underground bunker for their own protection, the NWIDI team's four amateur investigators-joined by a husband-and-wife flight crew, a four-year-old child and a dog-are tasked by the President to serve as the first U.S. emissaries to make contact with an alien intelligence. Meanwhile, an international super-cartel known only as the Six is dedicated to furthering their own interests by preventing any alien alliance. The leader of the Six is also obsessed with eliminating the entire NWIDI team at any cost. Making contact with the Teachers is the last hope to save humanity from self-destruction. Will mankind learn before time runs out...again?

 

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The Woods Are Dark by Richard Laymon (Jul 23, 2013) reissue

A group of deformed, Canibalistic, humanoid creatures live in the woods…as some unlucky travelers are about to find out.

 

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Stoker's Manuscript by Royce Prouty (Jul 23, 2013)

When rare-manuscript expert Joseph Barkeley is hired to authenticate and purchase the original draft and notes for Bram Stoker's Dracula, little does he know that the reclusive buyer is a member of the oldest family in Transylvania.

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The Midnight Room by Ed Gorman (Jul 23, 2013) reissue

It started as a burglary. That would have been bad enough. But when the masked intruder forced Dr. Olson at gunpoint to open his safe, the doctor knew he was really in trouble. In the safe were two DVDs, private movies he had made of those girls he had kidnapped…and killed. Suddenly the burglary became blackmail. But blackmailing a serial killer can be a dangerous game. Especially when he’s as smart – and good with a scalpel – as Dr. Olson.

 

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Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (Jul 23, 2013)

Tyler and Kinsey Locke have no idea that their now-deceased nemesis, Lucas "Dodge" Caravaggio, has taken over the body of their younger brother, Bode. With unrestricted access to Keyhouse, Dodge's ruthless quest to find the Omega Key and open the Black Door is almost complete. But Tyler and Kinsey have a dangerous key of their own - one that can unlock all the secrets of Keyhouse by opening a gateway to the past. The time has come for the Lockes to face theri own legacy and the darkness behind the Black Door. Because if they don't learn from their family history, they may be doomed to repeat it, and time is running out!

 

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Infernal (Repairman Jack Series) by F. Paul Wilson (Jul 23, 2013) reissue

The ninth Repairman Jack novel begins with a tragedy that throws Jack together with his brother Tom, a judge from Philadelphia.

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Chocolate Voodoo by Kathleen Washington (Jul 23, 2013)

Anthony Franklin was terrified. Someone threw a knife at him. He ducked but hit his head against the wall, splitting his scalp open.

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Billy the Kid's Old Timey Oddities and the Orm of Loch Ness (Billy the Kid's Old Timey Oddities) by Eric Powell, Scott Allie and Kyle Hotz (Jul 23, 2013)

The world believes the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid was killed by Pat Garrett, but in reality the Kid is very much alive, the hired gun of Fineas Sproule’s traveling spectacle of biological curiosities—or “freaks,” as Billy calls them. In their latest adventure, Billy and crew head to Loch Ness to rescue their lizard-skinned comrade Callahan from the wrath of Count Dracula.

 

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Another, Vol. 2 (novel) (Another (novel)) by Yukito Ayatsuji (Jul 23, 2013)

In the spring of 1998, Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to Yomiyama North Middle School. In class, he develops a sense of unease as he notices that the people around him act like they're walking on eggshells, and students and teachers alike seem frightened. As a chain of horrific deaths begin to unfold around him, he comes to discover that he has been placed in the cursed Class 3 in which the student body head count is always one more than expected. Class 3 is haunted by a vengeful spirit responsible for gruesome deaths in an effort to satisfy its spite. To stop the vicious cycle gripping his new school, Kouichi decides to get to the bottom of the curse, but is he prepared for the horror that lies ahead...?

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