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Goss, the author of the eminently enjoyable The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter and European Travel For The Monstrous Gentlewoman, is also a poet and the author of several short stories. This is a collection of her work in both formats and it is a must read for fans of her novels or of fairy tale inspired fiction.
30 years ago, the Kingfisher prowled the streets of Chicago, dispensing his own brand of vigilante justice. When found by the Chicago Police Department, the criminals were battered and near death or dead. Some saw him as a crime-fighting avenger, others see him as a renegade menace dispensing lethal, or near lethal, retribution. And, then, suddenly, he was gone. The CPD declared him dead and the city held a funeral that was attended by thousands.
Today, a masked terrorist claims that the CPD faked the Kingfisher’s death and demands that they release proof that the Kingfisher is still alive. Unless they do that, the hostages that he has taken will die, one by one. Debut author T.J. Martinson takes the basic elements of Batman’s mythos and spins from them a markedly more realistic and darker crime thriller and a tremendous debut novel.
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