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The Last Days of Madame Rey

A Stephan Raszer Investigation

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February 16, 2010 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 336 Pages | ISBN 9781582435213
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"Raszer's case, likely to appeal to fans of mysticism and sci-fi, is a Tolkien-like battle between good and evil that obviously demands a sequel." —Kirkus

In The Last Days of Madame Rey, Stephan Raszer—sleuth, scholar, shaman, and private eye—must save the soul of his client’s son, an ambitious and sexually conflicted young lawyer named Fortis Cohn. Fortis has drifted to the wrong side of the karmic tracks, and Raszer has been hired to free him from a spell that’s been cast by a neo-Nazi demagogue.

On his quest to expose the spiritual hucksters who have entranced Fortis, Raszer encounters more than Old and New World mysticism. A series of eerily unnatural earthquakes is rippling through Northern California, and it’s possible that the cult behind Fortis’s disappearance may be involved. Meanwhile, a cryptic message is left in the hands of a gypsy fortune-teller, and to learn its meaning, Raszer must put his trust in a stunningly sensuous and independent-minded operative named April Blessing. He will follow her wherever he must to unravel the ancient mystery encoded in the gypsy’s message.

From its pseudo-gnostic predators to its bedazzled souls, The Last Days of Madame Rey is high on humor, rich on adventure, and injected with addictive, heart-stopping suspense.

About A.W. Hill

A.W. HILL is the author of previous Stephan Raszer novels and has won numerous literary prizes. He is a Grammy Award-winning music supervisor for films, and was vice president of music for Disney Pictures. Hill divides his time between Chicago and his beloved Los Angeles, where he does his best to maintain a virtual existence.


“Raszer’s case, likely to appeal to fans of mysticism and sci-fi, is a Tolkien-like battle between good and evil that obviously demands a sequel.” —Kirkus

“Stephan Raszer is a hero in the grand lineage of sleuths with a taste for the esoteric, who rely on unexpected allies and more than the usual five senses as they dare to tackle extraordinary crimes.” —Otto Penzler, founder of The Mysterious Bookshop

The Last Days of Madame Rey is an eruption of a book that is quite likely to take up a sort of illicit residence in your skull.” —David Freeman, author of A Hollywood Education and The Last Days of Alfred Hitchcock

“From the bedrooms of Hollywood to the gates of death, psychic sleuth Stephan Raszer stalks both a killer and a conspiracy through the occult lizard-brain of uppermost California’s secret spaces. With his feral and stylish mix of Aleister Crowley and Troma Studios, A. W. Hill has given us a real brain-kick of a book.” —Sarah Smith, author of The Knowledge of Water and A Citizen of the Country

The Last Days of Madame Rey is a ritualistic, apocalyptic mystery that launches a new talent of truly deranged proportions—and I mean that in an earth-shakingly good way. I want to see more of Stephan Raszer.” —Christopher Fowler, author of Full Dark House and Ten-Second Staircase


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