Hammers on Bone Hammers on Bone
Book 1 - Persons Non Grata

Hammers on Bone

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Publisher Description

Cassandra Khaw bursts onto the scene with Hammers on Bone, a hard-boiled horror show that Charles Stross calls "possibly the most promising horror debut of 2016." A finalist for the British Fantasy award and the Locus Award for Best Novella!

John Persons is a private investigator with a distasteful job from an unlikely client. He’s been hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid’s stepdad, McKinsey. The man in question is abusive, abrasive, and abominable.

He’s also a monster, which makes Persons the perfect thing to hunt him. Over the course of his ancient, arcane existence, he’s hunted gods and demons, and broken them in his teeth.

As Persons investigates the horrible McKinsey, he realizes that he carries something far darker. He’s infected with an alien presence, and he’s spreading that monstrosity far and wide. Luckily Persons is no stranger to the occult, being an ancient and magical intelligence himself. The question is whether the private dick can take down the abusive stepdad without releasing the holds on his own horrifying potential.

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy
October 11
Tor Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Prairie_Dog ,

Lovecraftian Noir Novella

Cassandra Khaw crosses Cthulhu Mythos Horror and Hard Boiled Noir Detective to make a work that is both dark and exciting.

Private Investigator John Persons is approached by an unusual client. A ten year old boy has sought him out to kill his stepfather. This man is coarse, manipulative, and abusive, a real monster. John can’t leave this child in danger, but he soon determines that there is far more evil here than he expected.

This novella is surprisingly different! The two genres work well together to tell a gritty and disturbing tale. It appears to be the first in series of stories featuring the cases of John Persons known as “Persons Non Grata.”

_Lo_Pe_ ,

A very interesting read

First of all, this book uses a lot of 50’s and 60’s era slang, making reading it a little tricky, but it’s a short enough book that it’s not really a problem. I’m a sucker for good and subtle world building and I think that’s where this book shines. Overall I enjoy this book. I liked the atmosphere, the writing style, the world and even the strange, other-worldly lore. (If you’ve read this book you know what I’m talking about).

With all that being said I don’t think I can recommend this book to anyone. It is a very challenging book in more ways than one.

If a book about a crooked detective trying to solve a case, with a touch of cosmic horror. This might be a book for you.

I would also recommend reading other reviews of this book as this style is my bread and butter.

Sosa 35674689 ,

charming but no

perhaps it’s just me, a stupid little american, but this was hard to read. really hard. great imagery, great concept, great story, but so so hard to read. like i had no idea what was going on, happening, or saying. it was hard to immerse myself.

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