The Damnation Affair

The Damnation Affair

by Lilith Saintcrow

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Overview

The Damnation Affair by Lilith Saintcrow

The West is a wild place, where the poison wind blows and the dead walk. But there is gold, and whiskey, and enough room for a man to forget what he once was--until he no longer can.

Jack Gabriel's been the sheriff in Damnation almost since the town grew out of the dust and the mud. He keeps the peace--sort of--and rides the circuit every dawn and dusk with the chartermage, making sure the wilderness doesn't seep into their fragile attempt at civilization. Away from the cities clinging to the New World's eastern rim, he doesn't remember what he was. At least, not much.

But Damnation is growing, and along comes a schoolmarm. Catherine Barrowe is a right proper Boston miss, and it's a mystery why she would choose this town where everything scandalous and dangerous is probably too much for a quality lady like her. Sometimes the sheriff wonders why she came out West--because everyone who does is running from something. He doesn't realize Cat may be prickly, delicate, and proper, but she is also determined. She's in Damnation to find her wayward older brother Robbie, whose letters were full of dark hints about gold, trouble...and something about a claim.

In a West where charm and charter live alongside clockwork and cold steel, where hot lead kills your enemy but it takes a blessing to make his corpse stay down, Cat will keep digging until she finds her brother. If Jack knew what she was after, he could solve the mystery--because he was the one who killed Robbie.

The thing is, Cat's brother just won't stay dead, and the undead are rising with him...


Word Count ~ 95,000




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The Red Plague Affair
The Ripper Affair
The Damnation Affair (e-only)




For more from Lilith Saintcrow, check out:


Gallow and Ragged
Trailer Park Fae

Dante Valentine Novels
Working for the Devil
Dead Man Rising
Devil's Right Hand
Saint City Sinners
To Hell and Back

Dante Valentine (omnibus)


Jill Kismet Novels
Night Shift
Hunter's Prayer
Redemption Alley
Flesh Circus
Heaven's Spite
Angel Town

Jill Kismet (omnibus)

A Romance of Arquitaine Novels
The Hedgewitch Queen
The Bandit King


Blood Call (coming August 2015)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316251594
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Series: Bannon & Clare Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 638,613
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA.

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The Damnation Affair 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very different view into the world of Bannon & Clare - from the American side! Very much worth going to work on one hour of sleep for.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a good addition to the new series. The characters were more real than some of the other characters by other authors. That seems to be the hallmark of this author though. The story isn't bad, although there is a bit more damsel in distress, and woe is me than I would prefer. There are also some holes in the story but I think that is because the author was trying to hide what the story was about. I will say that the ending wasn't my favorite thing. What it turned out the book was really about has been pretty overdone lately. That being said the author did a pretty good job of making the subject matter a little different. Given what the author has done in other series though this was perhaps not her best work.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one very much--more than original Bannon and Clare. I thought Jack was very sexy and rugged, while Cat was feisty without losing her femininity. I love historical western romance so the storyline was an appealing one. To sum it up I'd say it had action-adventure, romance and horror/fantasy. I'm hoping there will be more, because if I had a complaint it would be the weak ending. Enjoy!
ElizabethT More than 1 year ago
I generally like her books. This was a good little romance and an enjoyable read. I did feel it left some questions unanswered at the end.
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NaomiA More than 1 year ago
What more could you want? Zombies and gunslinging... Quite a fun read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1st Saintcrow book that I've read, enjoyed the turn of phrases. Playful use of supposed late 1880's morality questions that a well-bred miss would be exposed to in the wild paranormal West.
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DrCFC More than 1 year ago
There was a lot of potential in her characters and her alternative West. And, Saintcrow has proven to be a good writer. I just wasn't as satisfied with this effort. It felt unfinished, unpolished, an interesting experiment that was sent out the door too soon. Perhaps later works in this series will reach fuller potential. I'm not counting it out completely. "The Damnation Affair" is just not as good as I expect from Saintcrow.
Dia_Pelaez More than 1 year ago
A unique combination of steampunk, zombies and magic! Lilith Saintcrow is one of my most favorite authors. I especially loved her Dante Valentine series, so I was pretty ecstatic when I chanced upon the ARC of The Damnation Affair in exchange for an honest review. The beginning was of the story was slow. Actually, the whole first half of the story was slow except a few scenes which almost always included the banter between sheriff Jack Gabriel and Catherine Barrowe. I like how they always seem to clash but the chemistry was brewing beneath the surface. I also find Cat’s references to ‘her mother’s greet the peasants smile’ and other lessons of manner quirky and definitely unique. The story was well-written and the minor details were clearly fleshed out. I love how the author filled in the details so well that I could just imagine everything happening. And each of the characters were distinct from each other.  Personally, I’d love to know more about Li Ang and baby Jonathan. The idea of having a Chinese girl in the middle of the Wild West is certainly different than usual.  Lastly, while the combination of steampunk and zombies is fairly new to me since this is the first book that I’ve ever read featuring such combination, the story taken as a whole, wasn’t as engaging as I hoped it would be. But hey, if one is looking for something different to read, then this definitely is one of those.