Richard Kadrey and Death and Hell

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Richsrd Kadrey

By Carl Slaughter: For the past 8 years, Richard Kadrey has released a novel in his popular Sandman Slim series on average once a year. Perdition Score, the 9th in the series, came out in June. In the spring, he launched a new series, Another Coop Heist. The first in the series is The Everything Box.



Sandman Slim returns in a stunning, high-octane thriller filled with the intense kick-ass action and inventive fantasy that are the hallmarks of New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey.

The request from Thomas Abbot, the Augur of the Sub Rosa council, couldn’t come at a better time for James Stark, aka Sandman Slim. For a man who’s most recently met Death—and death’s killer—a few months of normal life is more than he can handle. He needs a little action, and now Abbott wants Stark and Candy to investigate the disappearance of a young boy—and help uncover council members who might be tied to Wormwood’s power brokers.

Stark’s plans change when he meets a dying angel who gives him a vial of a mysterious black liquid that could be a secret weapon in the ongoing war between angels who want to allow human souls into Heaven and rebel angels willing to die to keep them out. When one of Stark’s closest friends is poisoned with the black liquid, Stark and Candy have to go to the only place where they might find a cure: Hell.

But standing in their way are the damned souls who, even after death, still work for Wormwood. The secret deal they’ve struck with the rebel angels is darker than anything Stark has encountered. Not only does the fate of the world hang in the balance, but also the souls of everyone in it. Stark has to find a way to break the stalemate in the angel war, score the Perdition cure for the black poison, and make it back to LA in one piece—where an old enemy waits to finish him once and for all.


everything-boxReminiscent of the edgy, offbeat humor of Chris Moore and Matt Ruff, the first entry in a whimsical, fast-paced supernatural series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim novels—a dark and humorous story involving a doomsday gizmo, a horde of baddies determined to possess its power, and a clever thief who must steal it back . . . again and again.

22000 B.C. A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He’s going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn’t get to do field work, and if he does well, he’s certain he’ll get a big promotion.

And now it’s time . . . .

The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity’s doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. Looking over the Earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single word.


A thief named Coop—a specialist in purloining magic objects—steals and delivers a small box to the mysterious client who engaged his services. Coop doesn’t know that his latest job could be the end of him—and the rest of the world. Suddenly he finds himself in the company of The Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome enforcement agency that polices the odd and strange. The box isn’t just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers, they tell him.

It’s a doomsday device. They think . . .

And suddenly, everyone is out to get it.


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4 thoughts on “Richard Kadrey and Death and Hell

  1. Mr. Glyer:
    Don’t know how to contact you directly – but here is a news tidbit.

    David Drake (age 70) won the Baen prize for Military/Adventure short fiction.

    Story from their newsletter is:
    Congratulations to David Drake, this year’s winner of The Year’s Best Military and Adventure Readers’ Choice Award! Drake won for his story, “Save What You Can,” which is set in his genre-defining Hammer’s Slammers series, and originally appeared in Onward, Drake!, ed. by Mark L. Van Name. Though Drake was not on hand at DragonCon in person, he will receive an inscribed plaque and a $500 prize.
    Thanks to everyone who voted this year! And be sure to check out next year’s volume and vote for your favorite story of 2016!

    Not the story I voted for – it was the 2nd best in the book IMHO. David Drake has also gotten favorable Amazon reviews for his latest book in the RCN series Death’s Bright Day.

  2. The Sandman Slim series is unusual in that the main character is at his most powerful in the first book and then gets weaker from then on, except for one book in the middle of the series where he gets a huge amount of borrowed power and does nothing much with it before passing it on.

  3. Tried the first Sandman Slim book because I thought I’d dig the pulpy nature of the books but I was not a fan of the writing style. Do the rest get better?

  4. @Matt Y

    The writing tightens up a fair bit by the third book. However if you did not enjoy the first one I do not know if the improvement is enough to make a difference.

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