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By Nick Stone

“One of the brightest new stars within the mystery genre.”
Chicago Sun-Times

 

Nick Stone’s first novel, Mr. Clarinet, took the crime fiction international by way of storm—winning enthusiastic raves (“Exquisite” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel; “A spellbinding mystery of the top order” —Chicago Tribune) in addition to a Macavity and a CWA Ian Fleming metal Dagger Award. In The King of Swords, Stone brings again Detective Max Mingus in a chilling and enthralling “prequel” that mixes homicide, police corruption, and voodoo black magic. The King of Swords blazes with Miami heat—and it earns Nick Stone an everlasting spot within the winner’s circle along the masters James Ellroy, Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke, Walter Mosley…and Stephen King.

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Abruptly there has been a gunshot. The police instantly hit the deck, every person else panicked; a couple of screamed. The sounds of the jungle all of sudden died. first and foremost Max suggestion the officer had shot the monkey, yet then he heard agonized sobbing and moaning and observed that the cop used to be at the floor, clutching his left leg lower than the knee. a number of metres away, the monkey was once sitting on its haunches, approximately immobile and entirely subdued, looking at all of them. The animal used to be frivolously spattered, head to foot, in pink. status in a row in the back of it, have been the opposite monkeys. The blood-soaked monkey grew to become and joined the others. Max acquired up and raced over to the officer. As he drew nearer, he spotted the monkeys have been doing a type of Mexican wave. Blood was once pouring out of the officer's leg, operating over his fingers. 'What occurred? ' Max requested. T simply bought fuckin' shotY the cop gasped. 'You acquired shot? ' The officer's holster was once empty. Max sought for the gun, yet could not see it at any place. Then he learned what the monkeys have been particularly doing. that they had the gun a black . forty four Smith & Wesson targeted provider revolver they usually have been tossing it to one another, underarm, down the road, like a soccer; passing and catching. in the back of him, all people was once up on their ft. Joe and a paramedic have been working over. Max heard the unmistakable sound of a hammer being cocked. He grew to become and observed the gun bouncing down the road of fur and grinning tooth, primed to fireplace. with no taking a look away, he held up his hand and motioned for Joe and the medic to get down. Joe shouted the command over to the others, who all hit the deck. Max grabbed the officer by means of the collar and dragged him again in the direction of the construction. having a look over his shoulder he could not support yet observe what was once occurring within the historical past, via the fence. The gate was once extensive open and dozens of monkeys have been spilling out onto the grass and heading in the direction of them, led, it appeared, by way of the 2 huge ginger primates he'd final noticeable at the different part. They stopped a number of toes in the back of the beige ones. Max picked up pace - the wounded officer screaming as he bumped alongside the floor. The beige primates had up earlier been fortunately taking part in pass-the-lethal-weapon. Then, one in all them circled and spotted the ginger badasses bobbing up at the back of them, droopy chins swinging like irate pendulums. without notice, the badasses roared so ferociously and so deafc-ningly loud they drowned out the sound of the gun going off. Max observed the flash and the smoke and threw himself to I he floor. one of many beige monkeys was once down on its again, however it scrambled to its toes and ran immediately for maximum in its wish to break out from the ginger primates and the horde of different beasts the jungle used to be disgorging gorillas, baboons, chimpanzees, macaques, nice apes, orangutans now advancing at the crime scene at a quick clip. As Max obtained up, the monkey jumped in his fingers. the article used to be shaking with terror and intensely very stinky. Max grew to become and ran, sporting the animal in a single arm and dragging the cop with the opposite. He ran in the direction of the open door of the development the place police officers, medics, forensics, Park employees and his personal companion have been pushing one another to get within ahead of they have been overrun by means of screeching, excited primates.

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