NATO’s Irregulars Affairs Division is a secret organization operating in thousands of cities around the globe. Its agents police relations between the earthly realm and those beyond this world, protecting us from terrible dangers as well as enthralling temptations.
These agents—Irregulars, as they are known to the few who know them at all—are drawn to the work for their own reasons and close cases in their own unique ways.
Agent Henry Falk–an undead tramp brought back for a mission that might finally put him into a grave he can’t climb back out of.
Agent Keith Curry–a former carnivore chef turned vegetarian currently dealing with a goblin problem.
Agent Rake–a tough and ambitious guy with a penchant for easy living and dangerous games.
Agent Silas August–an uncompromising jerk with a dead partner and an assignment babysitting an assassin.
Four adventures from four award-winning authors, all set in one amazing world. Is your security clearance high enough to read on?
A shadowy NATO agency tasked with policing magical creatures from other realms links these four novellas crafted by prolific collaborators Kimberling, Amara, Hale (Hell Cop), and Lanyon (the Adrien English series). In "Cherries Worth Getting," Kimberling adeptly and humorously melds Portland, Ore.'s pretentiously earnest art and food cultures with a search for human traffickers. Amara's "No Life but This" introduces a fish-out-of-water human survivor of an Aztec-influenced realm who battles a terrifically realized demon lord while figuring out how to rejoin human culture. Hale's "Things Unseen and Deadly" stars Half-Dead Henry, a world-weary standout among the Irregular Affairs Division agents. The weakest selection is Lanyon's "Green Glass Beads," which sometimes lapses into standard gay erotic fare; only Kimberling is really successful in making the sex and romance an organic extension of character development. Otherwise, all four writers commendably fashion a fully human world that intersects with the fantastic in disarmingly commonplace ways.