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Two novels in one trade volume.

There are so many mysteries hidden in the fog off the Pacific Coast. Jimmy Miles has been hired to solve them. But they're not the only things keeping him up at night...

In The Quick, an investigation into a long-ago murder leads us into the world of the Sailors—restless strangers who roam the night, trapped between the world of the living and dead.

In The Next, still haunted by the Sailors and his own past, Jimmy becomes obsessed with a sudden rash of murders in San Francisco—and a never-forgotten love affair that may hold the clue to his future.

 

“Vining adeptly blends crime and the supernatural in his second noir outing, just as he did in his well-received debut, THE QUICK. PI Jimmy Miles, a "Sailor" ( a human who has died but lives again with another's face), leaves his usual L.A. turf for San Francisco, hired to tail a woman bent on self-destruction who may be the victim of a cult that has encouraged a rash of suicides. Moving between the normal world and the hidden underculture of the Sailors, Miles works frantically to stave off further tragedy… (Vining) has created a neat alternate universe and successfully taps into big-city nihilism and despair. “

-- Publishers Weekly                                    

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