Sleuth, scholar, shaman: A W. Hill’s hero Stephan Raszer is no ordinary private eye, which explains why crime fiction master Ian Rankin has dubbed him “a James Bond for the spiritually uncertain 21st century.” And why the Los Angeles Times pronounced Raszer’s darkness-in-daylight world one filled with “twists, turns, thrills and turbulence.”
In The Last Days of Madame Rey, Raszer's task is yet another daring rescue, this time to retrieve a rich young lawyer from the wrong side of the karmic tracks. But once hired by Fortis Cohn’s worried father, who hopes to free his son from the spell cast by right-wing demagogue Bronk Vreeland, Raszer finds himself at the vortex of a startling series of eerie events.
Could Vreeland’s Mt. Shasta-based Military Order of Thule be unleashing the unatural earthquake spasms rippling through Northern California? Has April Blessing, Raszer’s stunningly sensuous and far too independent-minded operative, misjudged her ability to handle Bronk’s fascination with her? Most importantly, what ancient mysteries are encoded on the document left behind at Madame Rey's Palmistry & Tarot Parlor by a doomed film executive?
Stephan Raszer’s offbeat investigations are entirely addictive close encounters, channeling influences from Raymond Chandler to the The X-Files, from Jules Verne to Dr. Strange. With its high humor, rich adventure and heart-stopping suspense, The Last Days of Madame Rey will have you telling friends that you’ve just encountered a new novel unlike any other.