Randall Garrett was a prolific American science fiction and fantasy author, contributing dozens of stories to Astounding and other genre magazines in the 1950s and 1960s and acting as a mentor to a young Robert Silverberg. He is best known for his genre-bending Lord Darcy series, fair-play mysteries set in an alternate version of our world where the Plantagenet dynasty never fell and the laws of magic developed in place of the laws of physics.
A storm is coming . . .
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.
But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.
Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.
This volume includes 5 of Randall Garrett's novels (cowritten with Laurence M. Janifer) and 14 short stories, including entries in the Queen's Own F.B.I. and Lord Darcy series. More than 1,300 pages of great science fiction reading!
INSTANT OF DECISION (1953)
TIME FUZE (1954)
SUITE MENTALE (1956)
QUEST OF THE GOLDEN APE (1957)
PAGAN PASSIONS (1959)
WHAT THE LEFT HAND WAS DOING (1960)
THE ASSES OF BALAAM (1961)
THE FOREIGN HAND TIE (1961)
NOR IRON BARS A CAGE... (1962)
UNWISE CHILD (1962)
WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED (1963)
BRAIN TWISTER (1962)
THE IMPOSSIBLES (1963)
A WORLD BY THE TALE (1963)
THIN EDGE (1963)
THE EYES HAVE IT (1964)
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