IN A FUTURE WHERE DEATH IS A THING OF THE PAST...HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO SOLVE YOUR OWN MURDER?
Paul Donner is an NYPD detective struggling with a drinking problem and a marriage on the rocks. Then he and his wife get dead—shot to death in a "random" crime. Fifty years later, Donner is back—revived courtesy of the Shift, a process whereby inanimate DNA is reactivated.
This new "reborn" underclass is not only alive again, they're growing younger, destined for a second childhood. The freakish side effect of a retroviral attack on New York, the Shift has turned the world upside down. Beneath the protective geodesic Blister, clocks run backward, technology is hidden behind a noir facade, and you can see Bogart and DiCaprio in The Maltese Falcon III. In this unfamiliar retro-futurist world of flying Studebakers and plasma tommy guns, Donner must search for those responsible for the destruction of his life. His quest for retribution, aided by Maggie, his holographic Girl Friday, leads him to the heart of the mystery surrounding the Shift's origin and up against those who would use it to control a terrified nation.
When Bonnie Grayduck relocates from sunny Santa Cruz, California, to the small town of Lake Woebegotten, Minnesota, to live with her estranged father, chief of the local two-man police department, she thinks she's leaving her troubles behind.
But she soon becomes fascinated by another student — the brooding, beautiful Edwin Scullen, whose reclusive family hides a terrible secret. (Psst: they're actually vampires.
But they're the kind who don't eat people, so it's okay.)
Once Bonnie realizes what her new lover really is, she isn't afraid. Instead, she sees potential. Because while Bonnie seems to her friends and family to be an ordinary, slightly clumsy, easily distracted girl, she's really manipulative, calculating, power hungry, and not above committing murder to get her way — or even just to amuse herself.
This is a love story about monsters... but the vampires aren't the monsters.
“Harrison Geillor's subtle humor and keen insight into the foibles and frailties of human nature make him one of America's most under-appreciated literary treasures. Seriously, I'm dead, and I can see this! What's wrong with you people? Start buying his books.” — F. Skaut Fitzgerold, long-dead son of St. Paul, MN
"I am a big proponent of originality... of quality literature that doesn't pander to the masses… of books that speak to the deeper truths of the human condition. Harrison Geillor's The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten does not posses any of these qualities!" — Epiphanie Neyer, best selling author of many books
The only thing worse than war is revolution. Especially when you're already losing the war...
Nyx used to be a bel dame, a government-funded assassin with a talent for cutting off heads for cash. Her country's war rages on, but her assassin days are long over. Now she's babysitting diplomats to make ends meet and longing for the days when killing people was a lot more honorable.
When Nyx's former bel dame "sisters" lead a coup against the government that threatens to plunge the country into civil war, Nyx volunteers to stop them. The hunt takes Nyx and her inglorious team of mercenaries to one of the richest, most peaceful, and most contaminated countries on the planet—a country wholly unprepared to host a battle waged by the world's deadliest assassins.
In a rotten country of sweet-tongued politicians, giant bugs, and renegade shape shifters, Nyx will forge unlikely allies and rekindle old acquaintances. And the bodies she leaves scattered across the continent this time... may include her own.
Because no matter where you go or how far you run in this world, one thing is certain: the bloody bel dames will find you.