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By Nick Stone

“One of the brightest new stars within the mystery genre.”
Chicago Sun-Times


Nick Stone’s first novel, Mr. Clarinet, took the crime fiction international via storm—winning enthusiastic raves (“Exquisite” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel; “A spellbinding mystery of the top order” —Chicago Tribune) in addition to a Macavity and a CWA Ian Fleming metal Dagger Award. In The King of Swords, Stone brings again Detective Max Mingus in a chilling and enthralling “prequel” that mixes homicide, police corruption, and voodoo black magic. The King of Swords blazes with Miami heat—and it earns Nick Stone an enduring spot within the winner’s circle along the masters James Ellroy, Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke, Walter Mosley…and Stephen King.

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