Slayer Lit

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by Keith R.A. DeCandido



Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded city of Cliff's End, to say nothing of the tourists and travelers who arrive by land and sea, passing through the metropolis on matters of business or pleasure -- or on quests. The hard-working, under-appreciated officers of the Cliff's End Castle Guard work day and night to maintain law and order as best they can.

Gan Brightblade is one of the world's greatest heroes and a personal friend of the Lord and Lady of Cliff's End. So when he's brutally murdered in grubby lodgings in Dragon Precinct, on the eve of a great quest, the Captain of the Guard puts his two best investigators on the case. The half-elf Danthres Tresyllione and ex-soldier Torin ban Wyvald soon discover that the crime scene is empty of any forensic evidence -- physical or magical. They have no clues, and the heat is on.

The Lord and Lady want their friend's murder solved -- now. The populace is mourning the loss of a great hero. The ever-unhelpful Brotherhood of Wizards could take over the case at any minute. And then another member of Brightblade's party turns up dead....


"Harry Potter meets the 87th Precinct? Well, not quite. DeCandido's mix of fantasy and police procedural may be set in a world where magic thrives, but it's definitely not a children's book. Humans, trolls, elves, wizards, and various hybrid combinations behave like adults, not kids. Elfish detective Danthres and her partner, Torin, are already under pressure to catch a rapist who can walk through walls. Things go from bad to worse when high-profile guests staying at the Dog and Duck Inn draw the attention of a serial killer. Though it's always clear we aren't in Kansas anymore, the magical side of the setting is generally downplayed in favor of reasoning and criminal investigation. All in all, this is a fascinating excursion in genre-bending; it's worth a try even for readers who usually take either their procedurals or their fantasies unadulterated."

- Elliott Swanson, BOOKLIST

"There are some authors you can have so much confidence in that before you even read the first chapter of a new book they have written, you already feel assured that you are about to read a very entertaining tale; Keith R.A. DeCandido is such an author."

- Jacqueline Bundy, THE BOOK PADD