Dark Magic

Peter Warlock Series (Volume 1)

James Swain

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Peter Warlock is a magician with a dark secret. Every night, he amazes audiences at his private theater in New York, where he performs feats that boggle the imagination. But his day job is just a cover for his otherworldly pursuits: Peter is a member of an underground group of psychics who gaze into the future to help prevent crimes.

No one, not even his live-in girlfriend, knows the truth about Peter—until the séance when he foresees an unspeakable act of violence that will devastate the city. As Peter and his friends rush to prevent tragedy, Peter discovers that a shadowy cult of evil psychics, the Order of Astrum, know all about his abilities. They are hunting him and his fellow psychics down, one by one, determined to silence them forever.

Dark Magic is a genre-bending supernatural thriller from national bestselling novelist and real-life magician James Swain.

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Visiting the spirit world was never easy. The other side was a shifting landscape of light and dark, where time moved forward and backward, and often stood still. It was here that fierce battles between the forces of good and evil were constantly being waged, with the earth’s outcome weighing in the balance. A visitor could get hurt, if he was not careful.
Peter Warlock knew the risks. He’d visited the spirit world many times, and always returned unharmed. He was at home there, as much as any person could be.

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“Swain has taken Batman's tortured backstory and blended it with the genealogical paranormal heritage of Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches to create a breathtaking dark fantasy with an intriguing story that will attract both urban fantasy and supernatural thriller fans.”—Library Journal

Dark Magic smartly folds the spirit world and elements of the occult into sophisticated hacking and modern crime-fighting to create compulsively readable, genre-spanning suspense fiction.”—Booklist

Dark Magic is a thriller that really thrills. Swain has written a story filled with compelling characters and an amazing plotline. This book grabs you by the throat, and doesn’t let go.”

—Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Fifth Witness

“A darkly brilliant story of magic and witchcraft that asks the reader to believe the unbelievable. I chose to believe, and could not put the book down. Curl up in your favorite chair and prepare yourself to be fully enthralled.”
—David Copperfield on Dark Magic

“Magicians, demons and witches…oh my!  James Swain’s Dark Magic twists and turns in a breathless rush that keeps the reader guessing from the first magic act to the final curtain call. A definite page turner!” 

—Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Born to Die


"Jim Swain's books are must-reads for me. He writes non-stop nail-biters that are impossible to put down. His characters are unique, and practically leap off the page. Try him, and you'll find out what I mean."
—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of The Affair

Dark Magic is entertainment magic, a thrilling and wildly creative ride that surprised me every step of the way.”

—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girl

 

 

 


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James Swain

James Swain is the national bestselling author of fourteen mystery novels. His novels have been translated into French, Japanese, Russian, German, Bulgarian, Croatian, and chosen as Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Swain has received three Barry Award nominations, a Florida Book Award for fiction, and the prestigious Prix Calibre .38 for Best American Crime Writing. An avid magician, he has written and lectured extensively on the subject.

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Dark Magic
James Swain

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
May 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765329943
ISBN10: 0765329948
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$24.99

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
April 2013
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765367914
ISBN10: 0765367912
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 416 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
May 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429998611
ISBN10: 142999861X
352 pages
$7.99
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