From a Drood to a Kill (Secret Histories, Book 9) by Simon R. Green

By Simon R. Green

New York Times bestselling writer Simon R. eco-friendly “continues to bring stress-free, fast paced, and enjoyable entertainment” (SF Revu) in his mystery Histories novels that includes supernatural arse kicker Eddie Drood—who’s approximately to play a most deadly online game in his most up-to-date adventure…

Some name me Shaman Bond, yet i used to be born Eddie Drood, the newest in an extended line of parents who chase monsters out of closets for a residing to maintain humanity secure from all that's darkish, demonic, and simply downright evil. understand that, we’ve made our fair proportion of enemies over the centuries—and made a few questionable bargains.

In alternate for the ability to struggle the forces of darkness, my mom and dad signed over their souls. They’re no longer the one ones who’ve made bargains with Heaven, Hell, and each otherworldly realm in among, yet now the bill’s due for a number of immense names within the supernatural community.

Including my woman, Molly. She, my mom and dad, and different significant avid gamers were abducted so they’ll pay up—or perform the “Big Game.” the foundations are uncomplicated: get from one facet of the pocket measurement to the opposite and kill your rivals. The winner’s debt is paid in complete, and the losers get themselves completely misplaced, physique and soul, forever.

To keep my family, I’ve received to turn into a ringer during this lethal contest that’s absolutely rigged by way of the Powers That Be…

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Good black suit, a little too small, clutched briefcase, freckles of gray in the hair. No rings. He did not seem startled or doubled over with desire as they sometimes were. He was calm, his answering smile measured and almost sweet, like a photograph of a soldier lost in a long-ago war. Coolly, without taking his dark eyes from hers, he turned over his left palm and rested it on the creamy brown edge of his briefcase. His hand was covered in a mark she first thought horrible—it snaked and snarled, black and swollen, where fortune-teller’s lines ought to have been.

At the end of each day they tell her all they have learned of living. It is necessary work. No family has been so often formally thanked by the city as hers. _______ On the other side of the street: a fortune-teller’s shop. Palm fronds cross before the door. Inside are four red chairs with four lustral basins before them, filled with ink, swirling and black. Orlande lumbers in, a woman wrapped in ragged fox fur. Her head amid heaps of scarves is that of a frog, mottled green and bulbous-eyed. A licking pink tongue keeps its place in her wide mouth.

It folds itself, origami-exact, in midair: it has papery eyes, inky feathers, vellum claws. It stares down the long avenues, searching for mice. This is the life cycle of Palimpsest fauna. Yumiko leans against the door post, holding her arms out like a sister who had never hoped to see her dear one again. She is not wearing her schoolgirl’s dress any longer, but a red scrap that clings to her waist like a spool of yarn pulled tighter than breathing. With a local girl’s surety she guides Sei inside—a little scalloped bell chimes, and Imogen looks up from her parchments with a stern face, her black hair soft around a neck just slightly too long for a woman to wear in company.

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