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From Hell With Love
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From Hell With Love
Secret Histories Series, Book 4
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"Take some James Bond and throw in some of Green's own Nightside, and mix liberally with the epic over-the-top action of his Deathstalker novels, and you're somewhere in the right neighborhood" (The Green Man Review) of this all-new urban fantasy mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of The Spy Who Haunted me...
It's no walk in the bloody park, being a Drood—one of the family who has protected ordinary humanity from the things that go bump in the night for centuries. We're not much liked—even by one another. Now our Matriarch is dead. Murdered. Maybe by one of us. Maybe not. It's been left up to me, Eddie Drood, to figure out whodunit.

That's not going to be easy. You see, opinion is divided evenly between two camps of thought: those who think the killer was Molly, my best girl, and those who think the killer was actually me. And I know for a fact that I didn't do it.
"Take some James Bond and throw in some of Green's own Nightside, and mix liberally with the epic over-the-top action of his Deathstalker novels, and you're somewhere in the right neighborhood" (The Green Man Review) of this all-new urban fantasy mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of The Spy Who Haunted me...
It's no walk in the bloody park, being a Drood—one of the family who has protected ordinary humanity from the things that go bump in the night for centuries. We're not much liked—even by one another. Now our Matriarch is dead. Murdered. Maybe by one of us. Maybe not. It's been left up to me, Eddie Drood, to figure out whodunit.

That's not going to be easy. You see, opinion is divided evenly between two camps of thought: those who think the killer was Molly, my best girl, and those who think the killer was actually me. And I know for a fact that I didn't do it.
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  • From the book PREVIOUSLY IN THE SECRET HISTORIES . . .

    The name's Bond. Shaman Bond.

    You can mention that name anywhere in the darker parts of London, and someone will smile ruefully, or nod knowingly. Shaman Bond is a well-known face—always turning up when things get dangerous or a little bit weird; always ready for action, intrigue and a little illegal fun. Always there on the edges, where the games get strange and the night people dance to their own peculiar piper. Everyone at work or at play in society's shadows knows Shaman Bond.

    Except, they don't.

    I'm Eddie Drood, and Shaman Bond is just my use name—a mask for me to wear in public, to hide who and what I really am.

    I'm a field agent for the ancient and mighty Drood family. We stand between Humanity and all the dark forces that threaten. We defend you from aliens and elves, mad scientists and their monsters, secret organisations and ancient inhuman enemies. Ever since my Druid ancestors first made contact with an other-dimensional entity called the Heart, who made them the protectors of Humanity by granting them incredible golden armour.

    It was only very recently that I discovered the awful price my family paid for that armour, and was still paying, centuries later. I destroyed the Heart, to save my family's soul. Now we have new armour, provided by a new other-dimensional entity. Called Ethel. I really don't want to talk about that.

    I saved the family from itself, and for my sins they put me in charge, but I was never happy with that much responsibility. First chance I got I dumped it all on someone else, and went back to being just a field agent again. One of the best, if I do say so myself.

    But—the Man from U.N.C.L.E. had to contend with agents of THRUSH. James Bond had SPECTRE. So it really shouldn't have come as such a surprise to me, that a family as ancient and powerful as mine might have its own very dark shadow . . .



    CHAPTER ONE

    The Return of Doctor Delirium

    In the secret agent business, no one is necessarily who or what they say they are. It comes with the job, and the territory. Agents in the field collect names and identities the way normal people collect credit cards; and just like you, we all have to pay the cost when the bill comes due. Use names are common, if only to help us avoid the consequences of our actions. I'm Shaman Bond as often as I'm Eddie Drood. In fact, a lot of the time I think I prefer being Shaman; he doesn't have the duties and responsibilities of being a Drood.

    And it's not just us poor bastards risking our lives out in the field—no organisation is ever what it appears to be, when seen from the outside. They all have levels within levels, inner circles and hidden agendas, and the left hand is never allowed to know who the right hand is killing. Like the onion, there are layers within layers within layers, and sometimes, just like the onion, we have no heart.

    The Droods are a family, as well as an organisation. Anything for the family, we are taught to say, from a very early age. And if you can't trust your family, who can you trust?

    It's always hot as hell in Los Angeles, but that's just one of the reasons why the natives call it Hell A. On the one side you've got Hollywood, where all your dreams can come true, including all the really disappointing ones; and on the other side you've got Disneyland, where dreams are up for sale, or at least rent. And in between . . . there's all the sin and avarice in the world, just waiting for you to put a foot wrong. Everyone who matters turns up in LA eventually, because LA is a city that deals in temptation. Especially for the kind...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 26, 2010
    This gripping, fast-paced, emotionally intense fourth volume in Green’s Secret Histories series (after 2009’s The Spy Who Haunted Me) is sure to delight fans of paranormal investigator Eddie Drood and his girlfriend, the fabulously strong and strong-willed witch Molly Metcalf. An insignificant villain, Doctor Delirium, plans to acquire a powerful, mysterious item at a secret sale. This simple event explodes into complexity when someone kills the Drood matriarch and turns Eddie’s family into a deadly mob, with horrifying consequences. The real enemy is truly worthy of the Drood clan: a race of immortals who plan to breach the gates of heaven itself. Fans of the series will be delighted by the deft combination of urban fantasy adventure, sharp-edged sarcasm, and treachery upon treachery, which make this installment strong enough to stand alone as a great introduction to Green’s work.

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