Killing Pretty: A Sandman Slim Novel

By Richard Kadrey

Sandman narrow investigates Death’s loss of life during this hip, propulsive city myth via a phantasmagoric los angeles rife with homicide, mayhem, and magic.

James Stark has met his proportion of demons and angels, in the world and past. Now, he’s come nose to nose with the single entity few care to satisfy: Death.

Someone has attempted to kill Death—ripping the guts correct out of him—or quite the physique he’s inhabiting. demise wishes Sandman Slim’s support: he believes a person who can beat Lucifer and the previous gods at their very own video game is the single one that can resolve his murder.

Stark follows a sordid path deep into LA’s subterranean global, from vampire-infested nightclubs to expertise organizations focusing on mad ghosts, from Weimar Republic mystical societies to sleazy supernatural underground struggle and intercourse golf equipment. alongside the best way he meets a mysterious girl—distinguished by way of a couple of graveyard eyes—as badass as slender: she occurs to be the single one who ever outwitted demise. yet escaping her dying has had dire outcomes for the remainder of the realm . . . and some others.

For years, narrow has been struggling with cosmic forces bent on destroying Heaven, Hell, and Earth. This time, the conflict is true right here at the gritty streets of town of Angels, the place a really smart, very ballsy killer lies in wait.

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I'm wondering if Eric Townsend ever appeared that freaked out, like probably whilst the industry tanked. I doubt it. i am getting the sensation that demise has discovered a complete new expression in an another way usual face. “I don’t imagine i love your idea,” he says. “I imagine that maybe you’re getting pissed off and are searhing for a brief answer,” says Vidocq. He places his hand at the barrel of the gun and issues it on the ground. “You don’t imagine it’s even worthy contemplating? probably we will sort things here and now. ” “Not all of life’s solutions are in weapons and na’ats. It simply isn’t that simple,” Vidocq says. “Besides, we don’t comprehend what may occur if we harm Death’s physique too badly. He should be misplaced to us perpetually. ” “I can examine worse issues than no dying on the planet. ” “To spend eternity in a coma like every these terrible �people? ” says Vidocq. “That feels like Hell to me. ” Very quietly, demise says, “Everyone hates me or is fearful of me or either. Angels, Hellions, people, Gods. It will get lonely. ” “Then there’s no Mrs. dying, I take it? ” “That’s now not funny,” he snaps, and for a moment dying isn’t only a unhappy sack in lifeless dermis. There’s a flash of cosmic fury in his eyes. an influence that hasn’t been there earlier than. Then it’s long gone. “Hey, i do know what hated sounds like, so we’re within the related club,” I say. demise does a small nod, yet I don’t imagine he’s confident. Vidocq finishes his drink and motions for the bottle. I provide it to him. He says, “Some texts declare that loss of life is simply a fashion station on a trip to elsewhere. That to die back in Heaven is a gateway to different planes. Is that precise? ” “Ah, that. You �people have loads of rules approximately what loss of life is. ” “You ever listen the identify Edison Elijah McCarthy? ” I say. “No. ” “What approximately Tamerlan Radescu? ” “It’s no longer popular. ” “Give me your arm. ” He does it, yet slowly, like he thinks I’m going to rip it off and use it for an ashtray. “We learn about the tattoo. i need to understand what that model is. ” possibly to distract himself, loss of life turns to Vidocq. “Why have you ever been searching for me for thus lengthy? ” “Becoming immortal used to be by no means my selection. Now i want to be like different males. ” i glance at him. “You are looking to die? What approximately Allegra? ” “I didn’t say i wished to die now. yet i want to grasp that it’s achieveable. ” “Of direction it is,” says demise. “How may i'm going approximately it? ” “You have been replaced with a potion. the ideal potion will go back to a standard human existence. ” “Potions. I’ve attempted an unending parade of godforsaken potions. ” “Try extra. ” Vidocq frowns and stares on the a long way wall. i assume that wasn’t the reply he used to be trying to find. I permit cross of Death’s arm. “Samael, an angel, says anything is attempting to take your house. ” dying nods. “Of direction. There needs to be a dying, consequently there'll be one. ” “You don’t appear too involved. ” “I’m very involved, yet what am i able to do in my present nation? ” “I ask yourself what might occur if we received you jointly. ” “I suspect considered one of us may ruin the opposite. ” “You imagine so? ” “I doubt the universe may perhaps live to tell the tale or might let multiple demise.

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