by Douglas Wynne
Publisher : Crystal Lake Publishing (January 15, 2021)
Softcover, 129 pages
“Against a black background with liquid gold accents, a blue-black potbellied figure radiating a fan of arms and legs dances on a pile of human and animal corpses in a ring of fire. His head is that of an ox with long, sharp horns ascending from a crown of skulls. Three eyes blaze in a triangle formation above flared nostrils and bared fangs. The creature’s hair, beard, and eyebrows are all formed of golden flames. He’s naked, except for a necklace and girdle of human heads, his erect penis red-tipped and pointing skyward. His myriad hands and feet are tipped with white claws, each hand clutching a different object: a lion’s pelt, a noose, and every variety of weapon—knives, spears, arrows, and throwing stars—all radiating outward in a fan of blades, except for the two hands that meet at the center of the body. Of these, one holds a crescent-shaped knife with an ornamented handle, the other a skullcap splashing blood. The creature’s expression is fierce, but a set of additional heads rise in a column above the mane of flaming hair, like a totem pole. The topmost of these is the serene, smiling face of a Buddha.”
What police see as a series of normal gangland killings in the heart of Chinatown, private detective Miles Laundry soon finds out is something far beyond. The reincarnation of a man possessed by a demonic guardian and terrible powers is loose upon the world. His target, the former Tibet masters who suppressed his existence. This is a fast paced work of tension and mysticism. The research into Tibetan culture is obvious and shows in this semi-complex story, of mystery, murder, and magic.
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