Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 352 pages, 2.72 × 1.63 × 0.36 in
Published: May 25, 2010
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0345515579
ISBN - 13: 9780345515575
About the Book
A professional ghost banisher gets more than she bargains for when two rival gang bosses enlist her help in fighting a dark force powerful enough to frighten the dead. Original.
Read from the Book
Chapter One “And the living prayed to their gods and begged for rescue from the armies of the dead, and there was no answer. For there are no gods.” — The Book of Truth, Origins, Article 12 Had the man in front of her not already been dead, Chess probably would have tried to kill him. Damned ghosts. A year and a half she’d gone without having to deal with one— the best Debunking record in the Church. Now when she needed her bonus more than ever, there he was. Mocking her. Floating a few feet off the parquet floor of the Sanfords’ comfortable suburban split- level in the heart of Cross Town, with his arms folded and a bored look on his face. “Too good to go where you’re supposed to, Mr. Dunlop?” Mr. Dunlop’s ghost gave her the finger. Asshole. Why couldn’t he just accept the inevitable? He’d been an ass in life, too, according to her rec ords. Hyram Dunlop, formerly of Westside, banker and father of two, all deceased. Mr. Dunlop should have been resting for the last fifty years, not turning up here to rattle pipes and throw china and generally make a nuisance of himself. Right. She set the dog’s skull in the center of the room, checking her compass to make sure she faced east, and lit the black candles on either side of it, her body moving automatically as she arranged her
From the Publisher
THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.
The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the
living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in
charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens
being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully
tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She's got a real
talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark
secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named
Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job
that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic
creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls.
Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to
Bump's ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is
really worth it. Hell, yeah.
From the Jacket
"Simply the best book I've read this year."-Caitlin Kitteridge
About the Author
Stacia Kane has been a phone psychic, a customer service
representative, a bartender, and a movie theater usher, and she
thinks that writing is more fun than all of them combined. She
wears a lot of black, still makes great cocktails, likes to play
music loud in the car, and thinks Die Hard is one of the
greatest movies ever made. She believes in dragons and the divine
right of kings, and is a fervent Ricardian. She lives outside
Atlanta with her husband and their two little girls.
"Simply the best book I've read this year."-Caitlin
"The ultimate bible of badassery . . . a black diamond of an urban
-Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Blue Diablo
"Gripping . . . vivid characters and a wonderful sense of pace . .
. I was enthralled."-Charlaine Harris