Known Devil: hard-boiled urban fantasy

In this nifty mix of urban myth and police procedural, Detective Stan Markowski of the Occult Crimes Unit gets embroiled in a mafia family feud, uncovers a political plot, dodges bullets and bombs, and must counter a new street drug that’s driving even elves to armed robbery. Turns out he has a guardian angel watching…

Inspector Zhang: a locked-room mystery

There’s a dead body in the first class compartment of an airliner, and no one seems to have noticed how the passenger was murdered… That’s the set-up for this clever little conundrum, a short story which takes around a half hour to devour. ‘Inspector Zhang And The Dead Thai Gangster’ features Stephen Leather’s regular detective,…

All Hail The New Flesh: rage against the machine

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good spookynatural or sword-n-sorcery story. But sci-fi and speculative fantasy have almost vanished under the mass of vampires, werewolves, trolls, and elves just lately. Every other book seems to be an undead/zombie cross-species love quadrangle featuring unfeasible biology… Hence my delight at this anthology of futuristic short fiction,…