Booklist: Hetty Rhodes never met a problem she couldn’t solve. And when she gets into trouble, her husband, Benjy, calms her down and helps her out. But the couple has never faced so many crises at once. There are murders, of course. And arson. A few secret societies. Don’t forget an unintelligible cypher that could lead to a fabulous treasure. Although The Undertakers is the sequel to The Conductors (2021), it works well as a standalone book. The novel covers multiple interconnected mysteries with humor and warmth. It also expands the cast of characters that fill out the Rhodes’ found family and the city of Philadelphia, making the city feel like a character itself. A constellation-based magic system is heavily featured (especially in the many action scenes), and recalls the use of stars by enslaved people as navigational aids. Hetty and Benjy’s camaraderie is the real star of the show, no matter how many spells they fire off at assailants. The Undertakers’ historical fantasy vibe will appeal to fans of Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League series and Maurice Broaddus’ Buffalo Soldier (2017).
Brazilian rights to Katherine Addison’s THE GOBLIN EMPEROR, to Morro Branco by Cristina Purchio at International Editors’, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.
Czech rights to Robert McCammon’s BOY’S LIFE, to Dobrovsky, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava i Prevodi on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.
Czech rights to Neil Sharpson’s WHEN THE SPARROW FALLS, to Planeta9 by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava i Prevodi on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Jennie Goloboy.
Czech rights to Kel Kade’s FREE THE DARKNESS and REIGN OF MADNESS, to Fantom Print by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava i Prevodi on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Paul E. Stevens.
Czech rights to Ronald Malfi’s COME WITH ME, to Dobrovsky by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava i Prevodi on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier or Cameron McClure.
Publishers Weekly: Glover’s charming sequel to The Conductors digs deeper into the captivating Black society of a post–Civil War Philadelphia that’s infused with celestial magic. Magical married detective duo Hetty and Benjy Rhodes have enjoyed a quiet life of late. Their new funeral home isn’t seeing much business and their most recent case, involving fires spontaneously sparking in their neighborhood and claiming the life of Raimond Duval, resolved almost too easily—until Raimond’s son, Valentine, also dies, and questions about an old mission from Hetty and Benjy’s days as conductors on the Underground Railroad resurface. Overnight, what seemed a simple investigation turns into a cryptic cipher the couple must puzzle through. Layers of intrigue and tension build into a gripping whodunit, while drama within Hetty’s group of friends and tender moments between Hetty and Benjy offer juicy character beats. The easy momentum will keep both new and returning readers racing along to the end. It’s fun, twisty, and richly detailed.”
The Times: Nikolai South is a policeman working for StaSec, the state security organ of the Caspian Republic. Covering roughly the territory of present-day Azerbaijan, the republic is a last, lonely redoubt of undigitised humanity, but it’s hardly the beacon of freedom its founders intended. The novel opens with South’s inspection of two suicides. The young, especially, are killing themselves in an effort to transfer their consciousnesses out of the half-starved, authoritarian republic and into the digital Ah! Sea (a too-good-to-be-true emerald cyber-ocean dotted with floating castles).
South is tasked with minding a visitor from beyond the republic’s borders — a world transformed by artificial intelligence, where more than half of humanity lives in cyberspace. His visitor, an AI in a cloned body, is not even strictly human. And, as if South’s chalice were not poisoned enough already, the visitor is the spitting image of his wife, dead these 20 years.
One misstep will kill him, as South tries to protect and understand his charge, ducking and diving all the while through internal struggles within StaSec and its longstanding rivalry with ParSec, the security organ of the totalitarian New Humanist Party.
Neil Sharpson’s debut is adapted from his stage play, The Caspian Sea. It mixes Cold War nostalgia with smart thinking about artificial intelligence and spiritual identity. There’s many a wry nod to the writings of Christian anarchist Jacques Ellul, but while the homework’s impressive, what really matters is South’s lugubrious, Smileyesque odyssey through present bread queues and past disappointments.
The sequel to Junction, praised by Publishers Weekly, Cemetery Dance and more!
A year ago, Anne Houlihan uncovered a wormhole to Junction, a patchwork planet of competing alien biomes. Now, she and Daisuke are going back to investigate “The Howling Mountain,” the possible location of a wormhole into space. Her mission headed by an eccentric millionaire, Anne believes she will have a chance to learn more about the origin of Junction and its varied ecosystems. The mission has purposes beyond what she knows, however, and so does the planet. As the expedition tears its way across the alien landscape, Anne must fight to protect its lifeforms, herself, and the Earth.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Audio rights to Robert McCammon’s KING OF SHADOWS, Matthew Corrbett series Book 8, to Louise Quayle at Audible by Katie Shea Boutillier Cameron McClure.
Audio rights to Carolita Blythe’s REVENGE OF A NOT-SO-PRETTY GIRL to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Audio rights to Benjamin Wachs’s TURN YOUR LIFE INTO ART: LESSONS IN PSYCHOMAGIC FROM SAN FRANCISCO’S UNDERGROUND, explores the techniques developed by San Francisco’s underground art scene to create experiences so profound that they seem like a kind of art magic, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media by Katie Shea Boutillier for Jennie Goloboy.
Audio rights to Ada Harper’s A CONSPIRACY OF WHISPERS and A TREASON OF TRUTHS, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, by Katie Shea Boutillier, for Caitlin McDonald.
Audio rights to Shaun David Hutchinson’s THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, at auction, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Audio rights to Patrice Sarath’s THE UNEXPECTED MISS BENNET to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, at auction, by Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Jennie Goloboy.
Life in the Caspian Republic has taught Agent Nikolai South two rules. Trust No One. And work just hard enough not to make enemies.
Here, in the last sanctuary for the dying embers of the human race in a world run by artificial intelligence, if you stray from the path – your life is forfeit. But when a Party propagandist is killed – and is discovered as a “machine” – he’s given a new mission: chaperone the widow, Lily, who has arrived to claim her husband’s remains.
But when South sees that she, the first “machine” ever allowed into the country, bears an uncanny resemblance to his late wife, he’s thrown into a maelstrom of betrayal, murder, and conspiracy that may bring down the Republic for good.
WHEN THE SPARROW FALLS illuminates authoritarianism, complicity, and identity in the digital age, in a page turning, darkly-funny, frightening and touching story that recalls Philip K. Dick, John le Carré and Kurt Vonnegut in equal measure.
Booklist: Sharpson’s debut novel takes place in the 2200s in the Caspian Republic, a totalitarian state that is in theory a safe haven from “the Machine,” inhabitants’ term for the rest of the world and its utopian society administered by and populated with sentient AI. The narrative follows Nikolai South, an operative for StaSec, one of the two security forces in charge of maintaining the status quo in the Republic. When a prominent, rabidly anti-Machine journalist dies and is revealed to have been an AI living in a clone body, South is assigned to look after the AI widow of the deceased as she comes to view her husband’s remains. He is thrown into a whirlpool of intrigue as various factions conspire to use the widow’s visit for their own ends, and is simultaneously dragged back into his own muddled past by the widow’s resemblance to his own dead wife. Well-written and suitably grim, this picture of one dystopian holdout in a utopian world should please many sf readers interested in visions of a post-AI future.
Film rights to Nicole Glover’s The Conductors have been acquired by Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment in association with the Jim Henson Company, via Geoff Morley at UTA in association with Jennie Goloboy.
Gangster, soldier, priest. Queen’s Man. Governor.
‘If you haven’t yet picked up this riveting and unique series, I highly recommend you do’ Fantasy Book Critic
Tomas Piety has everything he ever wanted. In public he’s a wealthy, highly respected businessman, happily married to a beautiful woman and governor of his home city of Ellinburg. In private, he’s no longer a gang lord, head of the Pious Men, but one of the Queen’s Men, invisible and officially non-existent, working in secret to protect his country.
The queen’s sudden death sees him summoned him back to the capital – where he discovers his boss, Dieter Vogel, Provost Marshal of the Queen’s Men, is busy tightening his stranglehold on the country.
Just as he once fought for his Pious Men, Tomas must now bend all his wit and hard-won wisdom to protect his queen – even when he can’t always tell if he’s on the right side.
Tomas has started to ask himself, what is the price of power? And more importantly, is it one he is willing to pay?
‘If you like your fantasy with a side of dark and gritty, you won’t want to miss this’ CHRISTINA HENRY, bestselling author of The Girl in Red on Priest of Lies