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Last Days Of Madame Rey
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Kirkus Review


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“A curious blend of suspense and the supernatural.”

--Publishers Weekly

"Stephan Raszer is a hero in the grand lineage of sleuths with a taste for the esoteric, who rely on unexpected allies and more than the usual five senses as they dare to tackle extraordinary crimes."

--Otto Penzler, founder of The Mysterious Bookshop

“White supremacists, gypsy fortune tellers, a volcanologist, a wise rabbi and an unorthodox private detective are joined in a curious tale. Stephan Raszer (Enoch’s Portal, 2001) is not your typical California gumshoe. A tragedy caused him to rebuild his life right down to a new identity. His latest mission is to extract gay Jewish lawyer Fortis Cohn from his bizarre position as legal advisor to a group of neo-Nazi thugs holed up in a compound on Mt. Shasta. When the mutilated body of Cohn’s friend is discovered, Raszer connects him to Madame Rey, a gypsy fortuneteller who eventually hands over a
coded message the murdered man left with her after his disquieting Tarot reading. Raszer has arranged to go to Mt. Shasta posing as a geologist helping to monitor the mountain, which has developed disquieting underground activities since the arrival of the neo- Nazis. Raszer’s sometime operative, hippie chick April Blessing, cozies up to Bronk Vreeland, leader of the Military Order of Thule, in hopes of opening a crack in the organization Raszer can slip through. What they discover about the group and its activities has alarming global implications. More murders are the least of Raszer’s
problems as he tries to derail the maniacal organization. Raszer’s case, likely to appeal to fans of mysticism and sci-fi, is a Tolkien- like battle between good and evil that obviously demands a sequel.”

--Kirkus Reviews

“The Last Days of Madame Rey is an eruption of a book that is quite likely to take up a sort of illicit residence in your skull.”

--David Freeman, author of A Hollywood Education and The Last Days of Alfred

“From the bedrooms of Hollywood to the gates of death, psychic sleuth Stephan
Raszer stalks both a killer and a conspiracy through the occult lizard-brain of uppermost California's secret spaces. With his feral and stylish mix of Aleister Crowley and Troma Studios, A. W. Hill has given us a real brain-kick of a book.

--Sarah Smith, author of The Knowledge of Water and A Citizen of the Country

“The Last Days of Madame Rey is a ritualistic, apocalyptic mystery that launches a new talent of truly deranged proportions - and I mean that in an earth-shakingly good way. I want to see more of Stephan Raszer.”

--Christopher Fowler, author of Full Dark House and Ten-Second Staircase.

Praise for ENOCH’S PORTAL:

• Finalist for the Independent Publisher Award (Fantasy/Science Fiction category)
• Optioned for film by Paramount Pictures with Alex Proyas (“The Crow" and “I, Robot"), set to direct.

• Selected as a “Top Ten Book Sense 76 Pick” (Mystery Category)

"Dollops of humour and horror and eroticism, a good solid conspiracy, and a hero who is a James Bond for the spiritually uncertain 21st century. Reads like Ludlum by way of Thomas Pynchon!"

--Ian Rankin, bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus novels

"A fast-paced narrative full of twists, turns, thrills and turbulence. Whether you believe or simply choose to belief, it makes for an exhilarating ride."

--Eugen Weber, Los Angeles Times

“Scary, complex, spiritual, fascinating.”

-- Caldecot Chubb, film producer of The Mummy Returns and Eve's Bayou

"In his debut novel, Hill takes a daring leap into an unknown world as dark and scary as any faced by his protagonist: the genre-bending occult/detective/thriller novel. Stephan Raszer, cult-busting private eye, comes on like a cross between Mike Hammer and Fox Mulder. Not content with smoky stakeouts and beating leads out of informants, Raszer is a new kind of gumshoe for a New Age. He knows that behind every religious con there lurks the possibility of real forces with real powers to be reckoned with. We follow the shamanic shamus to Prague, where he is trying to rescue a Hollywood wife before she commits suicide in a bizarre death-cult ritual. Will he discover what's really going on before it's too late? Hill's swift and nimble prose falls like poetry on the mind's ear, and he drops enough occult references to induce just about anyone into picking up a sacred text and doing some sleuthing of their own."

- Erik Johnson, Book Soup, West Hollywood, CA

Last Days Of Madame Rey