cover image Ghost Money

Ghost Money

Stephen Blackmoore. DAW, $7.99 mass market (304p) ISBN 978-0-7564-1296-8

Necromancer Eric Carter returns in the breathtaking fifth urban fantasy from Blackmoore (after Fire Season). More than 100,000 people died in the firestorm that ravaged Los Angeles and was sent to punish necromancer Eric Carter for defying the demands of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl in the last installment, and a new threat emerges from the devastation left behind. Another mage has found a way to weaponize the sudden influx of ghosts, yanking the spirits through the barrier that separates the living from the dead and in so doing threatening the stability of both worlds. The PTSD-wracked Carter is the only one with the power to stop him. Tracking down the mage takes Carter into the world of a Chinese Triad and forces him to confront the otherworldly destiny that he’s been trying to escape for years. Carter’s wry voice is amusing as ever, but the grief he carries is palpable, adding depth and a sense of desperation to this action-packed adventure. Readers will be eager for more after this thrilling, emotionally fraught installment. Agent: Lisa Rodgers, JABberwocky Literary. (May)