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.
Shadow dreamed of nothing but leaving prison and starting a new life. But the day before his release, his wife and best friend are killed in an accident. On the plane home to the funeral, he meets Mr. Wednesday—a beguiling stranger who seems to know everything about him. A trickster and rogue, Mr. Wednesday offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. With nowhere left to go, Shadow accepts, and soon learns that his role in Mr. Wednesday’s schemes will be far more dangerous and dark than he could have ever imagined. For beneath the placid surface of everyday life a war is being fought —and the prize is the very soul of America.