The book of lamps and banners : a novel

by Hand, Elizabeth,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Acclaimed crime writer Elizabeth Hand returns to her "fiercely frightening yet hauntingly beautiful" cult-favorite series: Photographer Cass Neary is hard-up for cash and in more danger than she realizes on the hunt for an ancient, legendary book (Tess Gerritsen). Photographer Cass Neary is desperate to get home, and she's already lost her camera -- like losing a limb. Now her only chance is to cash in on a deal that a friend is about to cut for a legendary illuminated manuscript: The Book of Lamps and Banners . Rumored to have been rescued from the Library at Alexandria, the Book is said to contain ancient esoteric knowledge, even an otherworldly power.

So when an intruder brazenly steals the manuscript, Cass and her ex-con lover Quinn must get it back-plunging headlong into a shady underworld where antiquarian booksellers, unhinged tech entrepreneurs, and brutal nationalists all converge. This breathless psychological thriller, featuring one of the greatest amateur sleuths of the past decade, could only come from the mind of Elizabeth Hand.
"Kaleidoscopic, dark, and mysterious . . . This novel is a jaw-punch, written with a snarling grace." -- Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World

"I love Cass Neary . . . . Her latest misadventure is vivid and haunting, braiding the ancient and occult with the unholy frights of the modern world." ― Steph Cha , author of Your House Will Pay

"Elizabeth Hand has delivered a startling book that is dirty, wise, aching, and almost magical." ― Ivy Pochoda , author of These Women
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After an four-year series hiatus, trouble-seeking photographer Cass Neary returns, picking up where she left us in Hard Light (2016). Separated from her boyfriend, Quinn, while fleeing the fallout from a Finnish killer's plot, Cass follows Quinn's cryptic clues to London, but, before she can find him, she is drawn into old acquaintance Gryffin Hazelton's plans to deliver a legendary, allegedly magical, book to a buyer's dealer. By the end of the night, the dealer is murdered, the book is stolen, and Cass and Gryffin are forcibly summoned by the buyer. Billionaire software designer Tindra Bergstrand is distraught: the book holds a primeval code that she needs to finish Ludus Mentis, an app that can rewire traumatic memories. Cass agrees to help: it's a win-win if the book furthers Tindra's world-saving vision, and Cass and Quinn can use the cash to hide from their pasts. Finally reunited, Cass and Quinn follow a trail of bodies to a remote Swedish island, where a former folk singer has traded fame for an underground neo-Nazi record label. It's a wild ride that defies comparison: pill-popping idealist Cass Neary's obsessive hunt piles on teeth-grinding, story-propelling tension, and Hand's gifted portrayal of subcultures seamlessly links Cass' past in New York's '80s punk scene, London's rare-book dealers, and Odinist neo-Nazis."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The discovery of an ancient book of arcane lore bound in human skin and possibly written by Aristotle drives Hand's enjoyable if at times overplotted fourth Cass Neary thriller (after 2016's Hard Light). Cass, a middle-aged punk photographer hooked on alcohol and pills, is lying low in London on a false passport and desperate for money to get her and her boyfriend, Quinn, out of the country. On learning of the book's sale to an eccentric video game designer, Cass realizes that cutting herself in on the deal might just solve their problems. The buyer, Tindra Bergrstrand, needs the book to complete an app that can alter the user's mental state and trigger powerful, sometimes violent emotional memories. When the book is stolen from the dealer and Tindra disappears, Cass begins a frantic search to locate both Tindra and the book. The action hurtles toward an exciting climax on an island off the Swedish coast. That this adventure ends for once on a positive note for Cass, who so far has been living on an addict's ragged edge, will please series fans. Newcomers will find this a good entry point. Agent: Martha Millard, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Series A Cass Neary novel
Subjects Women photographers -- Fiction.
Manuscripts -- Fiction.
Antiquarian booksellers -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Mysticism -- Fiction.
Conspiracies -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 344 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780316485937
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