City of Devils
Available from Candlemark & Gleam
World War II was only the beginning. When the Night War ravages America, turning it into a country of monsters, humans become a downtrodden minority. Nick Moss is the only human private eye in town, and he’s on the trail of a missing city councilor. With monsters trying to turn him – or, better yet, simply kill him – he’s got to watch his back while trying to find his man. Or mummy, as the case may be.
Once, it was the City of Angels. But now, Los Angeles is the City of Devils…and Nick has a devil of a job to do.
Read Justin's Liner Notes.
Check out the special holiday short story, "A Creature Was Stirring," set in the City of Devils universe, available for FREE on the Candlemark & Gleam site!
"Richard Prather and Forrest Ackerman had a love child, and his name is Justin Robinson. The proof is in this crazy spook house ride of a book. Robinson takes a mile high concept that might crash and burn in a lesser writer's hands and makes it fly thanks to witty world building, snappy pacing, and an appealing main character with a snarky, streetwise voice." -- Nathan Long, author of Jane Carver of Waar and the Ulrika the Vampire series
"Justin Robinson’s City of Devils is a tongue-in-cheek love letter to the great Hollywood monster movies and films noir of the 1950s — creepy, clever, and captivating." -- Dru Pagliassotti, author of the Clockwork Heart trilogy
Blu Gilliand at FEARnet says, "Robinson treats both the detective and horror genres with much respect in City of Devils, resulting in a book that is smart, fun, and energetic. It's also a book that's aching for a sequel (or a bunch of them)."
City of Devils chosen as one of two Super Best Books of 2013 by the ladies at Snobbery!
SF Signal's Aaron Sikes calls City of Devils his favorite book of 2013 in podcast episode 224.
Kelly at Populuxe says, “I rarely give a book five stars, but this one deserves it whole-heartedly. City of Devils is definitely my favourite book that I’ve read this year so far.”
Rachel Smith at Guinea Pigs and Books (who shares Justin's love of Gremlins) calls City of Devils “a solid example of how smoothly references can work to truly deepen the possibilities of appreciation in a funny, original story.”
Sarah A. at The Best Books Ever says, “Do you like detective stories? Do you like mysteries? Do you like femme fatales and gumshoes and old Hollywood? Do you like monsters? Then stop right now and go get this book. Read it, and come back and thank me later.”
Snobbery's Heather loved City of Devils so much she kept getting sucked back in when writing her 4.5 star review!
Ben Rhodes at Fanboy Comics gives City of Devils “Five Mummy’s Boys out of Five” and says it’s “absolutely worth your time.”
Drew at Raging Biblioholism says City of Devils is “fast, funny, full of monsters and frights and new riffs on age-old themes.”
AJ Sikes calls City of Devils “a top shelf contribution to the noir literature canon, and an absolutely brilliant and inventive piece of storytelling.”
Catherine Forbes at Kitty's Book Lair gives City of Devils 5 stars! "Not only was this book delightfully hilarious, it was extremely creative and exciting. In fact, it was genius! I can’t possibly describe how much I enjoyed this book."
"City of Devils is an exciting and fun-filled romp," according to Josef Hernandez at Examiner.com. "With so many books simply relying on the tried and true, Robinson takes the old tropes about monsters and turns them on their ear to craft an exciting tale."
Snobbery's sj calls City of Devils "a noiry, pulpy good time that would be perfect for a beach read – but since it doesn’t come out until September, you’ll have to read it somewhere else. Just read it, though, because it’s clever and funny and monsterrific."
Justin Robinson © 2014