American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett

By Robert Jackson Bennett

ISBN-13: 978-0-316-21451-3

Some locations are too sturdy to be true.
Under a red moon, there's a ideal little city no longer came across on any map.
In that city, there are quiet streets coated with lovely homes, homes that disguise the strangest things.
After a pair years of difficult touring, ex-cop Mona brilliant inherits her long-dead mother's domestic in Wink, New Mexico. And the nearer Mona will get to her mother's prior, the extra she knows that the folk of Wink are very, very varied ...
From considered one of our so much gifted and unique new literary voices comes the following nice American supernatural novel: a piece that explores the darkish dimensions of the hometowns and the pals we suggestion we knew.

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You don’t want to know,” Shawn said. ” “That’s the second time you’ve said that,” Gus said. ” Gus had to admit it was true. ” “This is how stage magic works,” Shawn said. “They do a trick. You’re amazed. You can’t imagine how they pulled off something so miraculous. You’re dying to know. ” Gus slipped his sock over his foot, then stood into his loafer. ” Shawn said. ” “Obviously,” Shawn said. ” Gus thought it through, but he still couldn’t see where Shawn was going with this. ” Shawn pointed at the putto collecting his cards on the floor.

Apparently there had been a fierce controversy over the idea of allowing nonpros in to see the magicians’ sanctum sanc torum, but when the board insisted that they needed money to stay in business, and the only two options were to open the place to outsiders or raise prices at the bar, the membership quickly fell in line. Now the Fortress was an exclusive club open only to members—and to anyone who held an invitation for a fundraiser, a book club meeting, or a bachelor party. Still, the magicians who attended continued to act as if they were in their own private preserve, testing out their new illusions on each other while making sure their business cards ended up in the pockets of anyone who looked like they might be hiring.

He knew the sound. There was another call coming in. He hit the TALK button. “Psych, talk to me,” Gus said. ” It was the same raspy whisper, but it sounded even more desperate this time. “He’s going to—” A loud click cut the connection. ” Gus wasn’t going to lose this man again. He slammed his finger against the TALK button, praying that the phone company representative was still on the line. ” “Please listen carefully, as our menu choices have changed,” a chipper man intoned on the line. ’ ” “This is a matter of life and death,” Gus said.

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