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Broken Monsters

Hardcover, 9/16/14

ISBN 9780316216821

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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.

Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics and screenplays. She’s the author of the critically-acclaimed international best-seller, The Shining Girls, about a time-travelling serial killer, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical Joburg noir which won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, and the the neo political thriller, Moxyland. She’s worked as a journalist and as showrunner on one of South Africa’s biggest animated TV shows, directed an award-winning documentary and wrote the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Fuses fantastical elements with gritty suspense.” —Michele Filgate, Salon

“A genuinely unsettling—in all the best ways—blend of suspense and the supernatural makes this a serial-killer tale like you’ve never seen . . . A truly terrifying horror story.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“Her fourth genre-bending novel [can] best be described as Red Dragon meets The Wire. . . . 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. . . . Part harrowing thriller, part urban-Grimm’s fairytale, but always filled with a deeply affecting humanity.” —Megan Abbott, author of The Fever and Dare Me