Unraveling (Hardcover)

By Karen Lord

DAW, 9780756415204, 304pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2019

List Price: 26.00*
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Description

In this standalone fantasy novel by an award-winning author, the dark truth behind a string of unusual murders leads to an otherworldly exploration of spirits, myth, and memory, steeped in Caribbean storytelling.
 
Dr. Miranda Ecouvo, forensic therapist of the City, just helped put a serial killer behind bars. But she soon discovers that her investigation into seven unusual murders is not yet complete. A near-death experience throws her out of time and into a realm of labyrinths and spirits. There, she encounters brothers Chance and the Trickster, who have an otherworldly interest in the seemingly mundane crimes from her files. 

It appears the true mastermind behind the murders is still on the loose, chasing a myth to achieve immortality. Together, Miranda, Chance, and the Trickster must travel through conjured mazes, following threads of memory to locate the shadowy killer. As they journey deeper, they discover even more questions that will take pain and patience to answer. What is the price of power? Where is the path to redemption? And how can they stop the man—or monster—who would kill the innocent to live forever?


About the Author

Karen Lord has been a physics teacher, diplomat, part-time soldier, and academic. She is now a writer and research consultant, BSc, MSc, MPhil, PhD. Her novella Redemption in Indigo won the Frank Collymore Literary Award and the William L. Crawford Award, among others. Her novel The Best of All Possible Worlds was published internationally, and won the Frank Collymore Literary Award, RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, and Locus Awards Best Science Fiction Novel. She has been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.


Praise For Unraveling

Praise for Karen Lord:
 
“Lord manages to compress her story while balancing the cosmic and the personal—all with a verve that would be the envy of many veteran novelists.” —Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times Book Review
 
“An engrossing picaresque quest, a love story, and a moving character study.... In her depiction of plurality, diversification, and gender, Lord is on par with Ursula K Le Guin.” —The Guardian
 
“Filled with witty asides, trickster spiders, poets, and one very wise woman, Redemption in Indigo is a rare find that you could hand to your child, your mother, or your best friend.” —The Washington Post
 
“Reads like smooth jazz comfort food, deceptively familiar and easy going down, but subtly subversive.” —Nalo Hopkinson, Los Angeles Review of Books
 
“This novel is a satisfying exercise in being off-balance, a visceral lesson in how to fall forward and catch yourself in an amazing new place.”—Nisi Shawl, The Seattle Times
 
“With a careful, studied grace, Lord makes startling, sudden connections...that left me feeling breathless as I read. There is a weight and grace to her prose.” —Amal El-Mohtar, NPR
 
“Confirms Lord as the natural heiress to Octavia Butler and Ursula Le Guin.” —Financial Times

“Delightful.... This novel is already getting compared to Le Guin and Mieville, but really what Lord has done here is an achievement all her own.” —Charlie Jane Anders, io9
 
“This is one of those literary works of which it can be said that not a word should be changed.” —Booklist (starred)
 
“[Redemption in Indigo] packs a great deal of subtly alluring storytelling into this small package.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Lord’s own graceful prose, ingratiating characters, and palpable love of SF knit it all together in a satisfying—and adventurous—departure from expectations.” —Locus

“A marvelously formed universe.” —The A.V. Club
 
“A rewarding, touching, and often funny exploration of the forms and functions of human culture.” —SFX