Keith R.A. DeCandido introduced Lieutenants Torin ban Wyvald and Danthres Tresyllione in Dragon Precinct in 2004. That was followed by several short stories featuring the pair solving crimes in Cliff's End in the anthologies Murder by Magic, Hear them Roar, Bad-Ass Faeries, Pandora's Closet, and Dragon's Lure, before at last unleashing Unicorn Precinct on a panting reading public. His other recent work includes the Dungeons & Dragons novel Dark Sun: Under the Crimson Sun, a short story in More Tales of Zorro, the Cars graphic novel Rust Bucket Derby, a novel in the Scattered Earth universe, and writing the monthly Farscape comic book in collaboration with series creator Rockne S. O'Bannon. All told, Keith has written more than 40 novels, dozens of short stories, and many, many comic books, with plenty more to come. Find out less at Keith's web site at DeCandido.net, read his inane bloggy ramblings at kradical.livejournal.com, or follow him on Facebook and/or Twitter at the username KRADeC.
Unicorn Precinctby Keith R. A. DeCandido
—Booklist on Dragon Precinct
Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded port city of Cliff's End, to say
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"All in all, this is a fascinating excursion in genre-bending; worth a try even for readers who usually take either their procedurals or their fantasies unadulterated."
—Booklist on Dragon Precinct
Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded port city of Cliff's End, to say nothing of the tourists and travelers who arrive by land and sea, passing through the metropolis on matters of business or pleasure—or on quests. The hard-working, under-appreciated officers of the Cliff's End Castle Guard work day and night to maintain law and order as best they can.
Arra Cynnis is the youngest child in one of the most powerful families in the wealthy district of Unicorn Precinct. When she's found murdered, with the culprit's identity hidden from the magical examiner's spells, the Captain of the Guard sends his best investigators. Ex-soldier Torin ban Wyvald and half-elf Danthres Tresyllione have two viable suspects: Arra's fiancé, who is the cousin of another member of the Castle Guard, or the unknown person with whom Arra was having a torrid affair. Torin and Danthres must navigate the difficult political waters of Cliff's End's upper classes in an attempt to determine the girl's killer.
Complicating the case is the unexpected appearance of Torin's estranged father, who has come to return the detective to his far-off homeland of Myverin, and he won't take no for an answer . . . .
At last, an all-new adventure of the Cliff's End Castle Guard!
"Dungeons and Dragnet... As a take-off of the standard crime drama, Dragon Precinct succeeds nicely. Dressed in sword-and-sorcery trappings, the clichés of the genre are given a fresh twist. I would like to see more stories in this same setting."
—The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society Authors and Editors
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