From Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of the celebrated Arabesk
series, comes a stunningly inventive novel of futuristic noir set in a world of
shifting realities. Here a man is drawn into a gritty postmodern subculture and
a secret kingdom of otherworldly beings to find what he lost long ago: a reason
Kit Nouveau figured he’d already come to the end of the
world. An Iraqi war veteran, expatriate, and part owner of Pirate Mary’s, the
best Irish bar in Tokyo, Kit had settled down to await the inevitable with
barely a whimper. It wasn’t exactly how Kit thought he’d end up, and he was
It’s going to end up a lot worse.
A teenage runaway with fifteen million dollars in stolen cash and a
taste for cosplay is about to save Kit’s life in a lethal swirl of scarlet and
bridal lace. Lady Neku, a.k.a. Countess of High Strange, has her own dangerous
destiny to fulfill, and it’s mysteriously connected to Kit’s ravaged past. Now
Kit’s only hope for redemption is to save an ex-girlfriend he tragically failed
once before. But everyone says it’s already too late—and she’s left behind only
one ominous clue: her suicide note. Download and start listening now!