Authors: Daniel José Older
Tags: #Dark, #Supernaturals, #UF
“Simply put, Daniel José Older has one of the most refreshing voices in genre fiction today.”
“A damn good read. All the best dark urban fantasies are about matters of life and death.
takes that to the limit. A hard-core, hard-driving fantasy.”
New York Times
bestselling author Simon R. Green
, Older has created Noir for the Now: equal parts bracing, poignant, compassionate, and eerie. A swinging blues indeed.”
—Nalo Hopkinson, Andre Norton Award–winning author of
“Daniel José Older is here to save your soul. But he might just terrorize it first.
is the first novel of a fabulous talent, one who mixes the spectral and the intellectual with skill. This book kicks in the door waving the literary .44. Be warned.”
—Victor LaValle, author of
The Devil in Silver
is so many things at once: a mystery, a suspense, a supernatural thriller. The world Older builds is familiar and alien, and it’s so vividly imagined and rendered that the reader believes the contradictions. This is a fantastic beginning to what will surely be a fantastic series.”
—National Book Award–winner Jesmyn Ward
is not just a daring new mode of ghost-detective story; it’s also a courageous effort to celebrate the diverse voices that surround us.”
—Deji Bryce Olukotun, author of
Nigerians in Space
is a delicious urban fantasy paced like a thriller and scored like a fine piece of music. Daniel José Older hits all the soft, sweet notes of Brooklyn as well as its hard edges.”
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Copyright © Daniel José Older, 2015
Some portions of this book originally appeared as “Death on the Fine Line” in the Innsmouth Free Press magazine, copyright © Daniel José Older, 2010
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza.
Copyright © 1987, 1999, 2007, 2012 by Gloria Anzaldúa. Reprinted by permission of Aunt Lute Books. www.auntlute.com
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Frontispiece drawing by Cortney Skinner
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To Iya Lisa Ramos and Iya Ramona
To live in the Borderlands means
the mill with the razor white teeth wants to shred off
your olive-red skin, crush out the kernel, your heart
pound you pinch you roll you out
smelling like white bread but dead;
To survive the Borderlands
you must live
be a crossroads.
“To live in the Borderlands means