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The Damnation Affair
by Lilith Saintcrow


Overview - The West is a wild place, where the poison wind blows and the dead walk. But there is gold, and whiskey, and enough room for a man to forget what he once was--until he no longer can.
Jack Gabriel's been the sheriff in Damnation almost since the town grew out of the dust and the mud.
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Overview
The West is a wild place, where the poison wind blows and the dead walk. But there is gold, and whiskey, and enough room for a man to forget what he once was--until he no longer can.
Jack Gabriel's been the sheriff in Damnation almost since the town grew out of the dust and the mud. He keeps the peace--sort of--and rides the circuit every dawn and dusk with the chartermage, making sure the wilderness doesn't seep into their fragile attempt at civilization. Away from the cities clinging to the New World's eastern rim, he doesn't remember what he was. At least, not much.
But Damnation is growing, and along comes a schoolmarm. Catherine Barrowe is a right proper Boston miss, and it's a mystery why she would choose this town where everything scandalous and dangerous is probably too much for a quality lady like her. Sometimes the sheriff wonders why she came out West--because everyone who does is running from something. He doesn't realize Cat may be prickly, delicate, and proper, but she is also determined. She's in Damnation to find her wayward older brother Robbie, whose letters were full of dark hints about gold, trouble...and something about a claim.
In a West where charm and charter live alongside clockwork and cold steel, where hot lead kills your enemy but it takes a blessing to make his corpse stay down, Cat will keep digging until she finds her brother. If Jack knew what she was after, he could solve the mystery--because he was the one who killed Robbie.
The thing is, Cat's brother just won't stay dead, and the undead are rising with him...
Word Count 95,000
Bannon and Clare
The Iron Wyrm Affair
The Red Plague Affair
The Ripper Affair
The Damnation Affair (e-only)
For more from Lilith Saintcrow, check out:
Gallow and Ragged
Trailer Park Fae
Dante Valentine Novels
Working for the Devil
Dead Man Rising
Devil's Right Hand
Saint City Sinners
To Hell and Back
Dante Valentine (omnibus)
Jill Kismet Novels
Night Shift
Hunter's Prayer
Redemption Alley
Flesh Circus
Heaven's Spite
Angel Town
Jill Kismet (omnibus)
A Romance of Arquitaine Novels
The Hedgewitch Queen
The Bandit King
Blood Call (coming August 2015)

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780316251594
  • ISBN-10: 0316251593
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publish Date: February 2013
  • Page Count: 304

Series: Bannon and Clare #1

Related Categories

Books > Fiction > Fantasy - Epic
Books > Fiction > Fantasy - Historical
Books > Fiction > Romance - Western

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Saintcrow follows The Iron Wyrm Affair with another dark fantasy full of magic and mayhem in the Wild West. Boston socialite Catherine Barrowe-Brown arrives in the desolate, dangerous town of Damnation, ostensibly to act as the new schoolteacher, and secretly planning to search for her missing brother. In between conducting classes and clashing with Sheriff Jack Gabriel, she encounters zombies, dark magic, hostile townspeople, and unpleasant truths about her brother’s fate. Saintcrow weaves romance and mystery into this horror-laced depiction of a weird West, full of spells and things that go bump in the night. In keeping with the attitudes of the era, whites display some uncomfortable biases towards minorities, including Chinese, here called by the French term “Chinoise.” The plot and setting both raise a number of unanswered questions, and the romance between Catherine and Jack often feels one-sided, but it’s still a fast-paced, enjoyable adventure. Agent: Miriam Kriss, Irene Goldman Literary Agency. (Dec.)

 
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