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San Francisco blogger Ted Hall is enjoying a birthday dinner in Chinatown with friends when he gets a fortune cookie that will change his life. Suffering from blackouts since the party, Ted comes to fear that there is some connection between him and a serial killer known as Hangwire who has been stringing up victims all over town. Powers are stirring in San Francisco, and they all seem connected somehow to the circus that has come to town and to Ted. VERDICT Echoes of Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman can be found in this well-paced stand-alone urban fantasy. Christopher's (Empire State; The Age Atomic) characters are fascinating, but where he really excels is in painting the mood on his broody, foggy San Francisco streets.