W. M. Akers (Author)

Product Details

Harper Voyager
Publish Date
May 07, 2019
6.3 X 1.0 X 9.3 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

W. M. Akers is the author of Westside, an award-winning playwright, and the creator of the bestselling games Deadball: Baseball with Dice and Comrades: A Revolutionary RPG. He lives in Philadelphia.


"The Alienist meets The City & The City in this brilliant debut that mixes fantasy and mystery. Gilda Carr's 'tiny mysteries' pack a giant punch."

--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder As a Fine Art
"Akers' debut novel is an addictively readable fusion of mystery, dark fantasy, alternate history, and existential horror...It's like a literary shot of Prohibition-era rotgut moonshine--bracing, quite possibly hallucination-inducing, and unlike anything you've ever experienced before...The illegitimate love child of Algernon Blackwood and Raymond Chandler."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A cast of meticulously developed and memorable characters as well as strong worldbuilding and atmospherics...Fans of genre-bending fiction will relish this inventive mix of mystery and the paranormal."--Publishers Weekly
"Full of action and colorful characters, this genre mash-up is expertly done and will be enjoyed by fans of mysteries and fantasy alike."--Booklist (starred review)
"Akers' hugely enjoyable debut marries inventive alt-history with truly strange magic and a protagonist you won't soon forget."--B&N Sci Fi & Fantasy Blog
"[In] W.M. Akers's superb debut,"Westside,"...his research is excellent...his prose sharply crystalline."--New York Times
"A fascinating, delightfully twisty mystery. Westside crosses prohibition-era New York with the dark strangeness of Neverwhere. Fierce young detective Gilda Carr makes you believe that small mysteries hold the answers to everything."--Erika Swyler, bestselling author of The Book of Speculation and Light from Other Stars