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Cahokia Jazz: A Novel By Francis Spufford Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668025451
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scribner - February 6th, 2024

This is speculative noir for readers of all stripes: classic hardboiled fiction fans, history buffs, worldbuilding junkies and “what-if” questioners. In the bustling metropolis of Cahokia, in an alternate vision of Jazz Age America in which Native populations were never decimated by European diseases, a municipal rooftop becomes the stage for a grisly and theatrical murder. As fallout from the crime threatens to plunge the city into chaos, we follow a classically conflicted detective–himself an outsider in this place, unsure if he ought to be a cop or a pianist–as he chases the case through underground speakeasies to the halls of power in this richly imagined, vividly rendered city. This book is a brain-tingling good time; I couldn’t wait to get back to Cahokia every time real life interrupted.

Review by Theo

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The Only Harmless Great Thing By Brooke Bolander Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250169488
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tordotcom - January 23rd, 2018

So the saying says
"An elephant never forgets"
Standing in the concrete cave
Swaying sad and insane

They walked over the ocean
In their dreams they dream awake
Until the lights grew dim
Until the cop cars came...

- Neko Case "People Got A Lotta Nerve

Review by Anje

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The Great Eastern By Howard Rodman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612197852
Published: Melville House - June 4th, 2019

Isambard Kingdom Brunel—legendary civil engineer and real historical figure—is trapped in a game of cat and mouse between Captains Nemo and Ahab in this entertaining literary pastiche in which two of the greatest monomaniacs in Victorian adventure writing are drawn into a deadly collision course. Laying undersea cable has never sounded so thrilling.

Review by Stephen

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Dread Nation By Justina Ireland Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062570611
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019

The alternate-history zombie novel you never thought you'd need; think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets the Walking Dead set in an America where the Civil War only ended because Confederate and Union soldiers rose from the battlefield. In zombie-hunter protagonist Jane, readers will find a modern hero: scrappy, snarky, clever, motivated, and oh-so skilled with a sickle. You'll want to follow her into battle—and don't worry you will. Dynamic, exhilarating, and inventive!