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Here are seven stories from a master of the art. Viktor Chemayev is the Philip Marlowe of Russian detectives, a sad-eyed, heavy drinking romantic who refuses to stay beat. In the title novella of this extraordinary collection, he goes head-to-head with an Irish assassin in the depths of a Moscow nightclub in an attempt to win back his true love, who has been sold to the Beelzebub-like king of the Moscow underworld... Lucius Shepard is known for his dark, unpredictable vision, and in this assemblage of some of his best writing he takes us from Moscow to Africa; from the mountains of Iraq, where Specialist Charlie N. Wilson encounters a very different sort of enemy, to Central America, where a bloody-handed colonel meets his doom via lizards. In these seven tales Shepard's imagination spans the globe and, like an American Gabriel Garcia Marquez, refuses to be restricted by mere reality.
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This collection of psychological horror novelas hits a metaphysical, metafiction dream state that makes me want to call Lucius Shepard the Borges of horror. This book came out in 2005, and I've poked at it over a period of years - not because it was bad, but because each novella seemed complete and not to be followed up quickly or eaten like chocolate chips. Shepard approached hot current event topics, quickly. He was certainly one of the first to set a story at ground zero. His story, "A Walk in the Garden" blew me away - it's depiction of not-the-Iraq-wars and an odd and vindictive Garden of Eden was very visual, stunning and emotional. Many of the stories approach religion, traditional or as a construct of a human power structure. More thought provoking than scary, this collection is definitely worth a read.