Blaylock, James P.

ISBN 10: 0441651267 / ISBN 13: 9780441651269
Published by New York: Ace Books, (1991.) dj, 1991
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Set in Mendocino in Northern California - where nothing is as it appears, but everything is connected - this is another highly praised novel by this "singular American fabulist" (William Gibson). Among other dustjacket comments: "Blaylock allows us to see the mundane world through new eyes, to perceive the familiar as strange and therefore fascinating--for what it is as well as for what it might be."(Charles de Lint) and "Refreshing natural lunacy" (Bruce Sterling.) 1992 World Fantasy finalist for best novel. SIGNED on the title page. 369 pp. Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (remainder mark bottom edge.). Bookseller Inventory # 59954

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Publisher: New York: Ace Books, (1991.) dj

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Howard Barton travels to Mendocino looking for a sketch by the Japanese artist Hoku-sai, but others are also interested in the drawing, and Howard finds himself in the middle of a private war between secret, underground societies

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Another distinctive northern California magic-realist fantasy from the author of Land of Dreams (1987). To Mendocino comes museum curator Howard Barton in search of the McGuffin of the title, a sketch (?) with magical powers held by mysterious recluse Michael Graham. But when Howard arrives, Graham has vanished (supposedly a suicide); the weird Mr. Jimmers, inventor of a machine that materializes ghosts, now occupies his clifftop house. Howard calls on his penniless, oddball uncle Roy, former proprietor of a spirit museum, who's fighting a desperate, losing battle against the rapacious magnate and witch Heloise Lamey--she also covets the sketch. As Howard becomes romantically involved with Roy's daughter Sylvia, he struggles to make sense of the increasingly odd occurrences and to decide whose side he's on: When old Graham really dies, Howard is destined to become the sketch's new Keeper. Rather arcane in places and curiously lacking in thematic ambition, but seamlessly produced: intriguing and absorbing work from a major talent. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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