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Worse Angels

By Laird Barron
Worse Angels by Laird Barron digital book - Fable

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Ex-mob enforcer-turned-private investigator Isaiah Coleridge pits himself against a rich and powerful foe when he digs into a possible murder and a sketchy real-estate deal worth billions.

Ex-majordomo and bodyguard to an industrial tycoon-cum-U.S. senator, Badja Adeyemi is in hiding and shortly on his way to either a jail cell or a grave, depending on who finds him first. In his final days as a free man, he hires Isaiah Coleridge to tie up a loose end: the suspicious death of his nephew four years earlier. At the time police declared it an accident, and Adeyemi isn't sure it wasn't, but one final look may bring his sister peace.

So it is that Coleridge and his investigative partner, Lionel Robard, find themselves in the upper reaches of New York State, in a tiny town that is home to outsized secrets and an unnerving cabal of locals who are protecting them. At the epicenter of it all is the site of a stalled supercollider project, an immense subterranean construction that may have an even deeper, more insidious purpose. . . .

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“Feel like I wanted more from this, but it was honestly still solid. Barron's characters are just winners as far as being real and authentic, even if they are rough around the edges. The bits of cosmic horror and just straight horror was delightful and elevated this from your usual thriller to something that lets you chew on things after. Great series and thrilled there's a novella coming out from Bad Hand Books that continues Coleridge's story.”
“This series is a new favourite of mine. I love the characters, especially Isaiah and Lionel. Their banter can be comedic. The stories themselves, however, become darker and darker as the series progresses. Worse Angels is no exception. Isaiah is hired by the body guard of an industrial tycoon to look into the suicide of his nephew. One thing that fascinates me is how this initial investigation is like the tip of the iceberg to some much darker and, yes indeed, creepy. The mix of modern noir detective and sinister cosmic horror work perfectly here. If you haven’t read Isaiah Coleridge yet, I would recommend starting at the beginning with Blood Standard, but these books do read well as standalones as well.”

About Laird Barron

Laird Barron was born in Alaska, where he raised huskies and worked in the construction and fishing industries for much of his youth. He is the author of several short-story collections and three novels, and his work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. A multiple Locus, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Award nominee, he is also a three-time winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. Barron lives in Kingston, New York.

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