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May 2019 Fiction: Mystery & Thrillers

Black Mountain
By (author): Laird Barron
9780735212893 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled May 07, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.1 in 320 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
Ex-mob enforcer Isaiah Coledrige has hung out a shingle as a private eye in New York’s Hudson Valley, and in his newest case, a seemingly simple murder investigation leads him to the most terrifying enemy he has ever faced

When a small-time criminal named Harold Lee turns up in the Ashokan reservoir—sans a heartbeat, head, or hands—the local Mafia capo hires Isaiah Coleridge to look into the matter. The Mob likes crime, but only the crime it controls…and as it turns out, Lee is the second independent contractor to meet a bad end on the business side of a serrated knife. One such death can be overlooked. Two makes a man wonder.

A guy in Harold Lee’s business would make his fair share of enemies, and it seems a likely case of pure revenge. But as Coledrige turns over more stones, he finds himself dragged into something deeper and more insidious than he could have imagined, in a labyrinthine case spanning decades. At the center are an heiress moonlighting as a cabaret dancer, a powerful corporation with high-placed connections, and a serial killer who may have been honing his skills since the Vietnam War…

Story Locale: Hudson Valley (Kingston, New Paltz, Catskills and surrounds)

Series Overview: Mob-enforcer-turned-private-investigator Isaiah Coleridge, a man with a ham fist and a heart of gold, is confronted with new mysteries and vengeful remnants of his past life.

BLOOD STANDARD ALREADY EARNING STELLAR REVIEWS: Though it’s still early days for BLOOD STANDARD, it’s earned a fantastic starred review from Booklist that said: “Fans of violent crime fiction will love this one and will be eager to hear more from Isaiah.” More coverage to come!

AN EVEN BIGGER STORY, COMPLEX AND RICH: THE BLACK MOUNTAIN takes Isaiah Coleridge into a bigger mystery than he faced in BLOOD STANDARD, in a story that is more intricate, layered, astounding, and labyrinthine. This story also introduces an evil corporation called Zircon, laying the groundwork to make it a Big Bad in the series.

COORDINATED PUBLICATION: This book will be published in coordination with the mass market of BLOOD STANDARD, which will include a teaser of THE BLACK MOUNTAIN.

Laird Barron was born in Alaska, where he raised huskies and worked in the construction and fishing industries for much of his youth. He is the author of several short-story collections and two novels, and his work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. A multiple Locus, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Award nominee, he is also a three-time winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. Barron lives in Kingston, New York.

Author Residence: Kingston, New York

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“Fans of violent crime fiction will love this one and will be eager to hear more from Isaiah.”—Booklist (starred review)

Blood Standard is stylish, witty, and stupendously entertaining, and it gives us a main character - Isaiah Coleridge, head-cracking classics-quoting half-Maori ex(ish)-gangster - who is entirely unforgettable.”—Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone

“Rendered in icy strokes of prose, Laird Barron’s Blood Standard is a remarkably self-assured crime novel—at once explosive and intimate, with a tightly wound plot and wonderfully realized characters.”—Michael Harvey, author of Brighton and The Chicago Way

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