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The Dead Cat Tail Assassins by P. Djèlí Clark (Hardcover) (PREORDER)

The Dead Cat Tail Assassins by P. Djèlí Clark (Hardcover) (PREORDER)

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Fiction - Fantasy - Action & Adventure - Gaslamp - Historical


The Dead Cat Tail Assassins are not cats.

Nor do they have tails.

But they are most assuredly dead.

Nebula and Alex Award winner P. Djèlí Clark introduces a brand new world and a fantastical city full of gods and assassins. 2024.

Are you ready?

John Wick meets Dungeons & Dragons in the vein of N. K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Award-winning author P. Djèlí Clark introduces an entirely new world

Eveen “the Eviscerator” has a pretty good career in Tal Abisi, considering she is very much dead. She gets her assignment, they get shipped nice and quick with her two curved knives, and she gets to keep walking and talking. The undead can’t sleep, but who needs that, really? It just makes her more efficient at the job. Besides, there’s plenty of entertainment at the rambunctious Festival of the Clockwork King.

Everything’s going swimmingly until her latest contract turns out to share a few two many things with Eveen, including her face. Eveen can’t remember her life before being an undead thrall–it’s part of the deal–but still, you can’t just murder someone who might be you! But the third rule of the goddess of assassins is to always finish the job. And the goddess always claims her due.

So Eveen’s left dodging competitor assassins, toppling innocent stepper birds, and high-tailing it through the winding streets of an ancient city full of traps, all while uncovering a conspiracy that takes her up to the goddesses themselves.


Born in New York and raised mostly in Houston, P. Djèlí Clark spent the formative years of his life in the homeland of his parents, Trinidad and Tobago. He is the author of the novel A Master of Djinn and the novellas Ring Shout, The Black God's Drums, and The Haunting of Tram Car 015. He has won the Nebula, Locus, and Alex Awards and been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Sturgeon Awards. His stories have appeared in online venues such as Tor.comDaily Science Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Apex, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and in print anthologies, including Griots, Hidden Youth, and Clockwork Cairo. He is also a founding member of FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction and an infrequent reviewer at Strange Horizons.

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