The Insides (Paperback)

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This noir novel features some of the best drawn characters I've read in years. A Norwegian woman and a violent man called Pig pursue the owner of a very special knife. When that knife falls into the hands of a tough butcher and her pastry chef friend, things get weird. And by weird, I mean magical. And by magical, I mean warlocks and sorcery. But, you have to go with me on this, because the journey is fun and cool as hell. THE INSIDES is beautifully written, unexpected, and funny; smart escapism for the steamy summer months.

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"With The Insides, Jeremy P. Bushnell doesn't so much mash genres together as slice them apart to find the filets. It's a literary urban fantasy with sharp things to say about the way we live now, darkened by a touch of Scandinavian thriller: rich and urgent and weird, a novel that defies categorization but demands to be consumed."
--Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

"The Insides begins with all the freewheeling magic and humor of The Weirdness, then ups the ante with danger, suspense, and rich emotional resonance. If you love fierce, witchy leading ladies, facing down evil, and traveling to strange realms that will explain your life before they haunt you forever, this is the book for you."
--Alyssa Harad, author of Coming to My Senses

Ollie Krueger's days as a punk kid practicing street magic are are mostly behind her. Now she's a butcher at Carnage, a high-end restaurant offering deconstructed takes on meat. On busy nights Ollie and her partner, Guychardson, race to see who can produce the most finished cuts. Ollie's the better butcher, but somehow Guychardson always wins ... and Ollie thinks maybe it's because the mysterious knife he uses is magic.

Before she knows it, Ollie's interest in the knife has thrown her square in the path of a dangerous ex-marine called "Pig" and his hired psychic, Maja, who are on the hunt for the knife too--who want it so badly, in fact, that they might kill for it.

Now, magic is back in Ollie's life and she's being chased through New York City, with the fabric of space-time tattering around her and weird inter-dimensional worms squirming their way into her kitchen. And before it's all over she's going to need to face up to the Possible Consequences of some bad decisions, to look at the uncomfortable truths that she stuffed away long ago, deep down ... inside . . .

About the Author

Jeremy P. Bushnell is the author of The Weirdness (Melville House). He teaches writing at Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781612195469
ISBN-10: 1612195466
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English