Unsolved mysteries. Everyone in law enforcement knows they are a sad fact of life. Every detective has a number of cases he or she wishes they could have had more time with, or just one more, telling piece of evidence. But, sooner or later, even the best of detectives knows that they have to put the past in the rear window, and live for the case load of today.
However, some mysteries don’t lie quiet. And some demand their due.
It’s a nasty day in Oslo when a police officer is found, his head mashed to unrecognizable pulp by a blunt object. It’s a sickening crime as it is, but soon the police realize that a similar murder was committed in that exact same spot, some years ago.
And they also realize that the dead officer had been assigned to that very same, unsolved case. Read more…
It should go without saying that being captured by pirates is never an easy thing. The company is questionable, the conditions are terrible, and you never know when they’ll tire of having you around and toss you over the side, or worse.
So when Owen Wedgewood — chef to the late Lord Ramsey — is bundled up with the rest of the loot when Mad Hannah Mabbot comes to call, he can only expect the worst. However, it just so happens that this pirate queen has a taste for the finer things in life, and she negotiates a deal at swordpoint: every Sunday, Owen shall cook for her a fine meal, worthy of his late employer’s table. Should he succeed, he wins another week of life.
Should he fail… well, there’s always “theater paint.”
In the future, there will be no past. No one knows what year it is, or what has caused the world to dry up and crack apart as it has. They only know that water is rationed out of the tap, and that hoarding is a crime — one that can get you arrested on mere suspicion.
In the future, there will be no present. No one knows where they are, exactly, as the states and cities are gone. There are only Gerrymanders filled with massive city-slums, all being demolished one building at a time to conserve water pressure, resources, and effort.
In the future, there will be no future. The world has broken, and human society has shattered along with it. As premature demolitions eat the Gerrymanders, and stupid people arrest those who are a little smarter than them, talk of a final rain sounds less like a punishment and more of a relief.
Surely this world must be destroyed, but are there not a few, remarkable souls who deserve to survive?
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The story may be slightly different, but the idea is the same. As long as she can remember, Amy Winston’s life has been a little weird. Her mother’s dragged her all over the country, never staying in one place too long. Her days are spent being the new kid at school, and her nights are spent in sword practice with her mom, who seems very intent on making sure her daughter’s ready for anything.
Come her 17th birthday, it all makes sense. That’s the day they travel back to Gemworld, where her mother was once a Lady of the House of Amethyst, and took her infant daughter to Earth to escape the wrath of her sister — greedy for the power that her mother’s death would give her.
Now, with assassins everywhere, and no sense of who can be completely trusted, Amy must learn to embrace her heritage if she wants to survive. But there’s worse things than her cruel aunt waiting for her, and when John Constantine shows up to “help” her, it’s anyone’s guess what might happen next… Read more…
Care to partake of some magnificent graphic novels? Excellent! So do we! And, as we’ve got some really amazing things coming into our stores, lately, we figured we’d share.
Starting out with the darker side of DC Comics, the Vertigo imprint has unleashed one of its best characters. Spinning out of the pages of Sandman, Lucifer, First of the Fallen, became the focus of an astoundingly good series, in which writer Mike Carey pondered the nature of evil, divinity, and free will. Now this groundbreaking and controversial story is being retold, in a higher-quality format than the previous trade printing, making the art (provided by many Vertigo stalwarts) all the lovelier for its new presentation.
When we last saw Lucifer, he was out of the Hell business — running a nightclub in LA, and trying to stay out of things. So when a grimy and unpleasant Angel comes into his life, and asks him, on behalf of Heaven, to deal with a matter that the Lord would rather his servants not touch, it’s a bit of a hard sell. Still, let no one say that Lucifer does not have a price.
And what he does with what he gets for this “errand” will soon shake the word… Read more…
“The detective is cursed. Solving mysteries is the only time he will be truly alive. The rest of his life will be a distant blur, good only insomuch as he can use the things he sees there in his work.”
- Jacques Silette, Detection.
When Claire Dewitt, P.I., met Paul Casablancas, years ago, she just knew.
She knew that she and the intelligent musician would be lovers. She also knew that it wouldn’t work out. And while she knew that, before long, another would be taking her place at his side, she knew she’d be okay with that, even if she wasn’t really.
She just knew, because that’s what she does.
But now Paul is dead — murdered in his own home in what seems like a robbery gone wrong, leaving his wife (Claire’s friend, Lydia Nunez) broken and weeping in the wreckage. The SFPD are looking into it, of course, but if they actually solve the case it’ll be something of a miracle. After all, they’re police, trained and expected to follow logical chains of motive, evidence, and proof.
And Claire doesn’t tend to work that way. Read more…