Draw One in the Dark - Baen Books


Draw One In The Dark

Every one of us has the beast inside. But for Kyrie Smith, the beast is no metaphor. Since she was 15, when she first shape-shifted into a savage, black panther, Kyrie has questioned her humanity. Although she's managed to keep her inner beast secret most of the time, the panther occasionally emerges to strike unbidden. Terrified she'll hurt someone while in panther form, Kyrie moves from town to town, searching for a way to feel human again. Kyrie's lonely life changes forever while waitressing at a cheap diner in Goldport, Colorado. Investigating frantic screams from the parking lot, Kyrie stumbles upon a blood-spattered dragon crouching over a mangled human corpse. The dragon shape-shifts back into her co-worker, Tom, naked, dazed and unable to remember how he got there. Thrust into an ever-changing world of shifters, where shape-shifting dragons, giant cats and other beasts wage a secret war behind humanity's back, Kyrie may find the answers she seeks-with help from Tom, a mythical object called the Pearl of Heaven, and her own inner beast.

About the Author

Sarah A. Hoyt has sold a dozen novels in various genres, starting with the Mythopoeic award finalist, Ill Met by Moonlight and including -- under Sarah D'Almeida -- her new Musketeers Mysteries series, starting with Death of a Musketeer, available November 2006 from Prime Crime books.

An avid history buff and longtime reader of sci-fi, fantasy, and mysteries Sarah has published over three dozen short stories in magazines such as Asimov's, Analog, Amazing and Weird Tales, as well as several anthologies.

Residing in Colorado with her husband, two teen boys and a pride of cats, Sarah is hard at work on her next dozen novels.

Cover Art by Veronica Casas

ORDER Hardcover
ORDER Paperback
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, November 2006

Distributed by Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Printed in the United States of America

ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-2092-4
ISBN-10: 1-4165-2092-9

Copyright© 2006 by Sarah A. Hoyt

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

A Baen Books Original
Baen publishing Enterprises
P.O. Box 1403
Riverdale, NY 10471

Electronic version by Baen Books


One of the amazing side benefits of becoming a professional writer is to be able to personally meet and become friends with people you've read and admired from afar.

I'd like to dedicate this book to David Drake, whose friendship, by itself, is enough to compensate for all the tribulations, sweat, and tears of a career in writing.



I would like to thank Sofie Skapski, Kate Paulk, Pam Uphoff, and Lee McGregor for proofing and doing occasional continuity interventions. Without them, this story would be very difficult to follow. And I'd like to thank my husband, Dan Hoyt, who at a crucial point in the story came up and told me how much I was playing with his emotions and how he needed the rest of the story right then. It made finishing the book much more fun.