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Broken Monsters

Broken Monsters

“Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn’t put it down…I’d grab it if I were you.” –Stephen King

A criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses in Lauren Beukes’s new genre-bending novel of suspense.

Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?

If you’re Detective Versado’s geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you’re desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you’re Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you’ll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe–and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.

If Lauren Beukes’s internationally bestselling The Shining Girls was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her Broken Monsters is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.
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Genre: Mystery & Thriller / Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

On Sale: September 16th 2014

Price: $9.99

Page Count: 448

ISBN-13: 9780316216838

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Praise

"Fuses fantastical elements with gritty suspense."—Michele Filgate, Salon
"Beukes is a supremely talented author, and her new book is bound to garner her a wider readership."—Library Journal
"Dig it: what a brilliant crime-phantasmagoria novel this is!!!!! This splendid novel is THE new primer on urban decay to the nth degree. I unhesitatingly urge you to buy it and read it now!"—James Ellroy, author of American Tabloid
"With Broken Monsters, the wildly talented Lauren Beukes has created a darkly majestic jewel of a novel, surpassing even The Shining Girls (no mean feat). Part harrowing thriller, part urban-Grimm's fairytale, but always filled with a deeply affecting humanity, Broken Monsters is the kind of book you'll find yourself pressing into the hands of everyone you know so they can experience it too."—Megan Abbott, author of The Fever and Dare Me
"Broken Monsters is a show-stopping story of a city trying to rise from its own ashes, its inhabitants struggling with their own demons, and monster working to shape the world to match his most disturbing visions. It's beautiful, horrifying, thrilling, and most impressive of all, possessed of a deep and remarkable compassion. I wish I'd written it."—Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street
"Lauren Beukes is a marvel. Broken Monsters is a brilliant genre-defying thriller that breathes humanity and compassion for its rich, complex characters even as it gives you a hair-raising, nail-biting ride through gritty inner-city Detroit. A must-read."—Alice LaPlante, author of Turn of Mind
"What Beukes is doing here is using the conventions of the cop novel (gruesome crime, meddling journalist, tough homicide cop with vulnerable child) to do something incredibly clever and incredibly interesting. The plot is slippery and strange, and the tension and the weirdness build and build, to a climax like nothing you've ever read-not in crime fiction, not in literary fiction, not anywhere."—Ben H. Winters, author of The Last Policeman
"Reading Lauren Beukes is like watching a fireworks display. Her sentences pop, fizz and explode across the page; leaving you oohing and ahhing with your mouth open."—Michael Robotham, author of Watching You
"[Beukes] genuinely conjures up horror in its purest, most sincere form... Never exploitative, never superficial, never uncomplicated: Beukes shows how horror can be the best way to explain our unbelievable reality. She uses the mode like the knife that opens the oyster."—Stuart Kelly, The Guardian [UK]
PRAISE FOR LAUREN BEUKES:

"Lauren Beukes has got an intriguing style of dealing with slightly surreal things in very real ways. I'm all over it."
Gillian Flynn, O: The Oprah Magazine
"Lauren Beukes is so profusely talented--capable of wit, darkness, and emotion on a single page--that a blockbuster seems inevitable."—Charles Finch, USA Today