A Criminal Magic

A Criminal Magic

by Lee Kelly


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In Lee Kelly’s newest fantasy novel, two young sorcerers experiment with magic and mobsters in 1920s Prohibition when a new elixir is created that turns their lives upside down.

Washington, DC, 1926. Sorcery opponents have succeeded in passing the 18th Amendment, but the Prohibition of magic has only invigorated the city’s underworld. Smuggling rings carry magic contraband in from the coast. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Gangs have even established “magic havens,” secret venues where the public can lose themselves in immersive magic and consume a mind-bending, highly addictive elixir known as “the sorcerer’s shine.”

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from the backwoods of Norfolk County, accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, The Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws. When Joan meets Alex at the Shaws’ magic haven, she discovers a confidante in her fellow partner and he begins to fall under her spell. But when a new breed of the addictive sorcerer’s shine is created within the walls of the magic haven, Joan and Alex are forced to question their allegiances as they become pitted against one another in a dangerous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481410335
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Lee Kelly is the author of A Criminal Magic and City of Savages. She has wanted to write since she was old enough to hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until she began studying for the California Bar Exam that she conveniently started putting pen to paper. An entertainment lawyer by trade, lee has practiced in Los Angeles and New York. She lives with her husband and son in Millburn, New Jersey. Follow her on at @LeeYKelly and on her website at NewWriteCity.com.

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A Criminal Magic 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different, clever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! Read it in 2 days. Packs a wallop with an awesome alternate world/history. I have always been a huge fan of the prohibition period with all the bootlegging and gangsters. Kelly's story not only captured the authenticity of the time period and all the action of the rival gangs, but she wrapped it in a "magic" setting that collared me from the first chapter. And if you love flawed characters, she gives you two, who despite their darkness, will have you rooting for them. When is the sequel?
LMA1740 More than 1 year ago
Wow…such a creative concept. I haven’t read anything like this before. I got totally engrossed in the alternate world that Kelly created. It really came alive for me! Great Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was so much fun -- magic speakeasies, undercover Prohibition agents, and two protagonists I'd follow anywhere.