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The Reign of the Kingfisher

The Reign of the Kingfisher

Thirty years ago a superhero tried to save Chicago. Now the city is again under siege, in this gritty, suspenseful, and beautifully written novel from award-winning debut author T.J. Martinson.

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ISBN 9781250170217
Barcode 9781250170217
Published 5 March 2019 by Flatiron Books
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Martinson, T. J.
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ISBN-13 9781250170217
ISBN-10 1250170214
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Flatiron Books
Imprint Flatiron Books
Publication Date 5 March 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Martinson, T. J.
Category Adventure / Thriller
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 235mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Suspense fiction, Chicago (Ill.), Superheroes, Thrillers (Fiction)
NBS Text Crime, Thriller & Adventure
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 961360

Description of this Book

30 years ago a superhero tried to save Chicago. Now the city is again under siege, in this gritty, suspenseful, and beautifully written novel from award-winning debut author T.J. Martinson Somewhere in Chicago, a roomful of people have been taken hostage. The hostages will be killed one by one, the masked gunman says on-screen, unless the police will admit that they faked the death of the legendary superhero called the Kingfisher and helped him to give up his defense of the city thirty years ago. Retired reporter Marcus Waters made his name as a journalist covering the enigmatic superhero's five years of cleaning up Chicago's streets. Then the Kingfisher died, Chicago resumed its violent turmoil, and Marcus slid back into obscurity. But did the Kingfisher really die? And who would take hostages connected to the Kingfisher's past attempts to clean up the streets? With the help of disgraced police officer Lucinda Tillman and a young hacktivist named Wren, Marcus will explore the city's violence, corruption, and chaos to figure out if the vigilante hero died tragically, or gave up hope and abandoned the city--and for the hostages, the clock is ticking.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The Reign of the Kingfisher is an extraordinary novel. Martinson's prose is so stunning, and his characters so indelible, that I'd suggest you read it even if you don't read comic books and have little interest in superheroes; this is a book for people who like reading really, really good books. It's an exciting debut, and a story that will stay with you for a long time. -- Emily St. John Mandel, NYT bestselling author of Station Eleven

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Author's Bio

T.J. Martinson is from Illinois and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University Bloomington.

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