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Corpora Delicti by Manna Francis

Casperian Books is pleased to announce the release of the newest installment in the Administration Series, Corpora Delicti by Manna Francis.

On the surface, stability has returned to Europe. According to all the official metrics released to news feeds, the Administration and the corporations are stronger and more united than ever. Only in the most secret of government surveillance departments and corporate security divisions would anyone suggest otherwise.

On the surface, Senior Para-investigator Toreth’s year is ending badly. His boss hates him, his junior is looking for a way out, and his new case seems like a dud. Even the upcoming holidays bring more unwelcome news. But the new year starts him down a trail that will lead him from an unpromising beginning, via an unappetizing corpse, right into the financial heart of the Administration and the highest-stakes investigation of his career.

On the surface, corporate director Keir Warrick’s life is on the up. His virtual reality corporation SimTech has weathered the storm of the revolt, and new opportunities are appearing. Away from work, though, more clouds are gathering. What should be good family news brings concerns for the future. With so many secrets to keep, where can he turn to finally guarantee the safety of his family and corporation? And what will the consequences of his choices be for his relationship with Toreth?

This is the ninth book in the Administration series, and follows the intertwined private and professional lives of somewhat justifiably paranoid senior para-investigator Val Toreth and overly inquisitive corporate director Keir Warrick.

Click here to read the first chapter of Corpora Delicti.

The Un-familiar by Lynne Hinkey

Casperian Books is pleased to announce the release of Lynne Hinkey’s new novel, The Un-familiar: A Tale of Cats and Gods.

Coincidence leads to talk and talk to speculation and speculation to rumor and rumor to belief. And belief brings the supernatural to life. There’s a lot of talk about what’s behind the bizarre weather on the island of Puerto Rico…

Two years ago, people breathed a sigh of relief when Detective Eddie Corredor exposed the crooked and costumed mayor of Rincón as the real monster that had been terrorizing the island with his shady business activities. But now, the natural disasters occurring in a most unnatural manner have people whispering about a supernatural beast again. Is the chupacabra real or rumor?

Señora Milagros, familiar to the dog-god of Mercy, and a handful of other people know the truth, but even they have some surprises in store as a host of new beliefs bring more gods to the island. Can Señora Milagros sort them all out before the recent arrivals destroy the newly returned dog? If not, it’s not only her retirement at stake, it’s the future of mankind.

Click here to read the first chapter of The Un-familiar.

Single Stroke Seven

There are new interviews with Lavinia Ludlow up at The Spark and Entropy.

Features and Interviews

Single Stroke Seven is featured this week on The Next Best Book Blog and the story of how it went from manuscript to finished book is up over at Real Pants. Lastly, an interview with Lavinia is up at jmww.

Single Stroke Seven by Lavinia Ludlow

We’re pleased to announce the release of Lavinia Ludlow’s new novel, Single Stroke Seven.

In an attention-deficit society still crippled by the aftereffects of the recession, Lilith, a percussive virtuoso–or maybe just a garage band drummer–fights to break into the indie rock scene.

With a band of misguided lost boys, an ego-slaughtering day job at a bottling plant, and the Silicon Valley’s inflated cost of living to contend with, Lilith flounders at keeping herself and her friends from dissolving into obsolescence and numbing consumerism.

A sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll tale too impoverished to afford any sex, drugs, or rock ‘n’ roll, Single Stroke Seven sheds light on the independent artists of a shipwrecked generation coming of age in perilous economic conditions.

Blood & Circuses eBook

The ebook version of Manna Francis’ Blood & Circuses is getting released tomorrow, January 15th.

Happy new year!

The Atticus Review has the first extract from Lavinia Ludlow’s forthcoming novel Single Stroke Seven posted.

Blood & Circuses by Manna Francis

Casperian Books is pleased to announce the release of the eighth book in the Administration Series, Blood & Circuses by Manna Francis.

It’s set to be a busy autumn in New London and beyond. With the ripples of the revolt still running through the European Administration, Val Toreth is slowly settling into the new flat he shares with Keir Warrick. But on orders from the very highest levels of the Administration, Toreth finds himself leaving his regular beat far behind and heading over the Atlantic to Washington D.C. Without his usual team or his authority as a Para-investigator to back him up, Toreth is caught up in a world of politics, diplomacy, and religion far outside his experience. Worst of all, he’s stuck with an unexpected and very unwanted companion on his trip. Can he keep his cool and win through when international reputations are on the line?

Back in New London, Investigator Barret-Connor is called on to deal with a case that lies outside the traditional areas of interest of the Investigation and Interrogation Division–the unexpectedly dangerous world of Europe’s music corporations. With dark secrets hidden behind the PR-groomed public façade, both his professional skills and conscience will be tested.

The eighth book in the Administration series contains the novellas Innocent Blood and For Your Entertainment, and continues the lives of now partially domesticated Para-investigator Val Toreth and somewhat harried corporate director Keir Warrick.

Click here to read the first chapter of Blood & Circuses.

Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons by Lynne Hinkey

Casperian Books is pleased to announce the release of Lynne Hinkey’s new novel, Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons.

Author Jack Halliman, accompanied by his loyal dog and first mate, Hanna, sails to Puerto Rico looking for a cure for his writer’s block. Instead, he finds a dead body.

With chickens, dogs, and livestock dropping like flies, the mayor has an answer: the legendary chupacabra is back. The problem is, no one on the island can agree on what, exactly, the chupacabra is. Legendary beast, vampire, or alien? As the conniving mayor, a dogged detective, a voodoo-practicing fourteen-year-old, and the local “witch” drag him deeper into the investigation, Jack has to separate reality from mythology.

But on an island where UFO sightings, conspiracy theories, and superstition abound, the lines between men and monsters, monsters and gods, and in this case, between gods and a dog, are thin and blurry.

Click here to read he first chapter of Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons.

The Half-Life of Home by Dale Neal

Casperian Books is pleased to announce the release of Dale Neal’s novel, The Half-Life of Home.

Standing your ground is hard when you can’t trust what’s underfoot. Sorting what’s true and what’s only wished is even harder in a place like Beaverdam, where stories sprout faster than grass on a new grave.

Beaverdam’s children heard tell of the Witch Woman who lived in a ruined cabin, who would cuss you or worse if you dared knock on her door. They were warned of the Snakebit Girl, how the rattler’s fangs struck her pudgy hand reaching into the nest for the hen’s eggs. Rather than tell a soul of her plight, she swelled with poisoned pride, and for her silence she was buried in the sloping graveyard. They knew of the Failed Farmer who lost all in the last depression of the nineteenth century. He sold off his plow horse, but still found necessity for the useless halter: his body was found hanging from a rafter in his empty barn.

But the oldest story was of a curse that lay on the land itself. The first whites who crossed the gap encountered no Indians, but the occasional arrowhead could be unearthed in the black fields by the creek, once dammed by the creatures who lent the cove its name. Besides those napped flints, those first hunters had left behind a legend…

Click here to read the first chapter of The Half-Life of Home.

Announcing Our Fall 2012 List

Today’s first paperback release of the season is Candi Sary’s Black Crow White Lie which tells the story of Carson Calley, who grew up living in Hollywood motels with his fortune-telling mother, who is full of stories about their former lives together and prophesies about his future. Believing his mother’s yarns, Carson becomes a healer, with the people of Hollywood waiting in long lines to see him, but a purpose built on lies and exaggerations can’t last…or can it? Click here to read the first chapter.

On November 1st, we’ll be following that up with Tom Mahony’s third novel, Pacific Offering, in which longtime friends Beck and Parry venture down the Baja peninsula in a battered pickup truck named Ginger searching for giant waves and Beck’s lost love, Elena. Thwarted at every turn by bandits, corrupt cops, a deteriorating truck, and a brutal ocean, and dead broke except for a stack of vintage skin magazines they use for barter, they endure adversity and continue south. As Beck becomes increasingly obsessed with finding Elena rather than the big surf Parry came for, Beck and Parry’s friendship begins to crumble. Everything converges deep in the desert where the swell of the decade awaits–and Elena. Click here to read the first chapter.

The rest of our fall list this year are reissues of paperbacks in multiple ebook formats. We are very excited to announce that although Adagio has now gone out of print after a very successful six-year run, it has been re-released in ebook format this month. Besides Adagio we have also released an ebook version of The Rage of Achilles and increased the number of ebook formats for the first book in the Administration series, Mind Fuck, to include Kindle and epub formats. Later this fall, we’ll also be issuing the rest of the Administration Series in ebook format.

Gospel Hollow by Jesse Jordan

Casperian Books is pleased to announce the release of Jesse Jordan’s debut novel, Gospel Hollow.

One evening in 1995, Tommy Hull’s mother put him to bed, kissed him goodnight, and walked downstairs. She has not been seen since. Now a twenty-six-year-old bartender self-medicating his debilitating panic attacks with booze and Xanax, Tommy thinks he may have found a way to discover what happened to her. But to do so he’ll have to gather together the violent, damaged men of his past for one night and force from them the truth he believes lies hidden within.

Set during five days of a punishing Chicago blizzard, Gospel Hollow follows the clumsy and desperate investigation of Tommy Hull as he digs through the lies and silence of his remaining family to get the answer to the most pressing question of his life: what happened to Alice Hull on that cool September night fourteen years ago?

“Gospel Hollow is a white-knuckled, Midwestern, modern-day thriller, riveting in its pace, and masterful in its tone. Mr. Jordan’s exploration of the deadly ensnarements of family bonds and the impossibility of memory is highly thoughtful and daringly original.” — Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned and The Boy Detective Fails

Click here to read the first chapter of Gospel Hollow.

Fame & Madness in America

Casperian Books is please to announce the release of Garrett Socol’s debut novel, Fame & Madness in America.

When Brenda Bernstein poisons her husband of four days, little does she know that she is about to set off a media circus the likes of which haven’t been seen since O.J. got into a white Ford Bronco.

Brenda becomes an overnight tabloid sensation-and so does everyone she has ever come in contact with, from her grade-school nemesis to her 90-year-old grandmother. As the notoriety of her trial gathers momentum, her erstwhile brother-in-law is courted by reality TV show producers to host their newest dating game show, “Mating After Murder,” and her friend Veronica screen-tests for a remake of Body Heat, while the presiding judge at her trial wisely invests in a complete makeover for the benefit of the cameras infesting the courtroom. And let’s not forget Brenda’s mother, who is so thrilled to see her daughter gracing the cover of Time, she buys all copies of the magazine from her local newsstand.

Told in vignettes from the various important (and not-so-important) players’ points of view, Fame & Madness in America is a wildly entertaining romp that explores the world of fleeting popularity in a culture that worships celebrities.

Click here to read the first chapter of Fame & Madness in America.

Last Chance!

Rock Dance is going out of print at the end of this month. We have a couple of copies left in stock here, so this is your last chance to buy the book!

Marina Melee by Lynne Hinkey

We are pleased to announce the release of Lynne Hinkey’s Marina Melee.

Freshly divorced for the third time and fired from his “allowance”-paying job in the family oil business by his father as a result, George Marshall is invited by his friends Ricky and Katie May to join them on a sailing trip around the Caribbean.

A few weeks later, George and his friends stumble upon the idyllic island of São Jorge, where they are welcomed by expat marina owner Tracker Doorn who extols the virtues of Caribbean living–not entirely without ulterior motives.

Determined to prove that he is more than a spoiled, womanizing, overage adolescent, George buys the marina to show his skeptical father and family that he has what it takes to achieve business success without their assistance and without having to work too hard.

At times raucous, at times touching, Marina Melee is a fun voyage to the Caribbean island of São Jorge, where living the easy life is hard work!

“Lynne is one talented, Calypso-kissed writer. The marine community of the Lesser Antilles will never be the same!” — Cap’n Fatty Goodlander, Editor-at-large of Cruising World magazine

“Fast-paced, rum-laced, but certainly not strait-laced–and you won’t be straight-faced as you turn the pages of this hilarious comic romp.” — Bob Sanchez, author of When Pigs Fly

Click here to read the prologue of Marina Melee.

Paperboy by Bob Thurber

We are pleased to announce the release of Bob Thurber’s Paperboy.

It’s 1969 and the entire nation is waiting for the United States to win the space race and put the first man on the moon. Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Jack Fisher–malnourished and battered, abandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, manipulated by his older sister, harangued by his boss, and shortchanged by customers–is delivering newspapers in downtown Pawtucket and trying to keep his family from self-destructing completely.

As the whole world holds its breath to see what will become of the Apollo 11 astronauts, Jack clings to his daily mantra, “Things will get better.” But in this poignant debut novel by award-winning short story writer Bob Thurber, things do not get better; they get drastically worse, at space-age speed.

“Bob Thurber is a masterful wordsmith, driving you into the undiscovered corners of the heart with insight and courage.” – Susan Henderson, author of Up from the Blue

Paperboy is not a book, it’s a state of mind. Gritty, visceral, desperately urgent, and begging to be read, it is a novel that perfectly captures a dangerous and uncertain zeitgeist, the no man’s land that was really the no boy’s land of 1969.” – Vincent Carrella, author of The Serpent Box

Click here to read an extract from Paperboy.

Enter Oblivion by C.M. Harris

Casperian Books is pleased to announce the release of C.M. Harris’ sophomore novel, Enter Oblivion:

Meet Vince, a young, moody boxer from Brooklyn with an oozing bullet wound and a spot awaiting him in the Narducci crime family–if he weren’t on the run…

Through a series of events that begins with Vince returning travelers’ checks he’s stolen from a British tourist, he finds himself in 1980s London, the epicenter of New Wave culture, unsure whether he will become a rock star, a rent boy, or a laughingstock.

Vince’s journey brings an awkward friendship with a glamorous drag queen, a stint in a post-punk rock band, a frustrating romance with a Bowie-esque pop star, and bloody quarrels with a misfit skinhead–Vince’s own cracked reflection.

In this quirky yet charming story of love and family and culture clash, Vince discovers his place in a rapidly changing world.

Check out the first chapter of Enter Oblivion here.


There’s a great review of alt.punk up over at The Nervous Breakdown.

alt.punk by Lavinia Ludlow

Casperian Books is pleased to announce the release of Lavinia Ludlow’s debut novel, alt.punk:

Hazel is a middle-class hypochondriac doing (over)time as a manager at Safeway, the only place that would hire her with an MBA from a state school. She hates her boyfriend, her family, and her life.

Otis is a guiltless weirdo who still has action figures in his bed; a postindustrial Peter Pan who wakes up in the middle of the night crying from nightmares he can’t remember. A punk rock void, he describes the world with the creative imagination of a child.

Together, they are a disaster.

In alt.punk, Lavinia Ludlow explores the ragged edge of art, society, and sanity, viciously skewering the politics of rebellion. With a savage eye for detail, she unveils the layers of mythmaking that underlie class and ideology in the twenty-first century.

Check out the new review of alt.punk at Small Press Reviews and the author interview at Dogzplot, and read an extract at Is Greater Than or the first chapter at our own website.

Announcing our Spring 2011 List!

Spring releases kick off today with the release of the long-awaited next installment in Manna Francis’ Administration series, For Certain Values of Family. Book 7 contains the novel Family Values and two further short stories set in the near-future dystopia of New London.

On March 1st, we’ll be following that up with Lavinia Ludlow’s debut novel, alt.punk, part punk-rock tale, part coming-of-age-in-suburbia story, which explores the layers of mythmaking that underlie class and ideology in the twenty-first century.

Then, on April 1st, we’ll be taking a trip back to 1980s London with the Brooklyn-born protagonist of C.M. Harris’ Enter Oblivion, who finds himself thrust into the very heart of New Wave culture, unsure whether he will become a rock star, a rent boy, or a laughingstock.

Coming of age in the 1960s is next, with Bob Thurber’s Paperboy due to be released on May 1st, which tells the story of fourteen-year-old Jack Fisher trying to make ends meet in downtown Pawtucket.

Finally, on June 1st, we’ll return firmly to the present with Lynne Hinkey’s Marina Melee, a hilarious account of a spoiled oil tycoon trying his hand at running a marina in the Caribbean.

We hope you enjoy these great spring releases!