A criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses in Lauren Beukes’s new genre-bending novel of suspense.
Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?
If you’re Detective Versado’s geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you’re desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you’re Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you’ll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe–and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.
If Lauren Beukes’s internationally bestselling The Shining Girls was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her Broken Monsters is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.
Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics, and screenplays. She’s the author of the critically-acclaimed international best-seller, The Shining Girls, about a time traveling serial killer, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical Joburg noir which won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, the neo political thriller, Moxyland. She worked as a journalist and as show runner on one of the South Africa’s biggest animated TV shows, directed an award-winning documentary and wrote the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Joe Hill is the author of three novels, Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2, as well as a prize-winning collection of stories, 20th Century Ghosts. He also wrote a pair of comics: Locke & Key and Wraith (which ties into the world of NOS4A2). Some nice people gave him an Eisner Award for his work in funny books, which is a great honor, even if “funny” probably doesn’t do a good job of describing the kinds of things that happen in the comics.
Porter Square Books
25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 02140-1413
Lauren Beukes signs at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego on Tuesday September 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm!
Before she was a best-selling novelist, Lauren Beaukes wore such hats as documentary filmmaker, television showrunner, and graphic novel writer. She has received numerous accolades for her work, with her 2010 novel Zoo City winning the Arthur C. Clarke award for best novel in 2011. Lauren delivers yet again with Broken Monsters, a tale of “broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people” that begins with Detective Gabriella Versado finding a fused-together body composed of equal parts boy and deer. As more and more disturbing bodies are found, Gabriella, her persistent journalist daughter Layla, and a man just trying to keep his homeless family safe, all experience what it’s like to live in forlorn Detroit when monsters of all types come to visit.
Mysterious Galaxy Books
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111
Lauren Beukes discusses and signs Broken Monsters at Book Soup on Wednesday September 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM!
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
Forbidden Planet are delighted to welcome back LAUREN BEUKES, reading from and signing her latest novel BROKEN MONSTERS at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Tuesday, 12th August, 2014 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.
A detective facing the most harrowing case of her career. A failed artist with a bizarre new well of creativity. A child discovering the grim realities of adult desire. A writer walking a dangerous path to online fame. A city on the edge of ruin. Brought together by a killer opening doors into the dark heart of humanity… Detective Gabi Versado no longer believes in justice. She’s seen too much stupidity, corruption and just plain badness. But never anything like this. And now it’s bleeding into her life. Detroit is the decaying corpse of the American Dream. Motor-city. Murder-city. Now a killer with the touch of an artist is turning it into the worst kind of nightmare
Lauren Beukes’ ’The Shining Girls’ become a major Sunday Times bestseller in the summer of 2013, and was also a Richard & Judy Bookclub pick. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way are also adapting The Shining Girls for TV. Her second novel Zoo City won the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2011, whilst also being shortlisted for several other awards. She was also listed as one of the Guardian’s top 10 African writers for 2013.
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
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