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Ex-mob enforcer-turned-Private Investigator Isaiah Coleridge pits himself against a rich and powerful foe when he digs into a possible murder and a sketchy real-estate deal worth billions.

Ex-majordomo and bodyguard to an industrial tycoon-cum-US senator, Badja Adeyemi is in hiding and shortly on his way to either a jail cell or a grave, depending on who finds him first. In his final days as a free man, he hires Isaiah Coleridge to tie up a loose end: the suspicious death of his nephew four years earlier. At the time police declared it an accident, and Adeyemi isn't sure it wasn't, but one final look may bring his sister peace.

So it is that Coleridge and his investigative partner, Lionel Robard, find themselves in the upper reaches of New York State, in a tiny town that is home to outsized secrets and an unnerving cabal of locals who are protecting them. At the epicenter of it all is the site of a stalled supercollider project, an immense subterranean construction that may have an even deeper, more insidious purpose....

©2020 Laird Barron (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Berserk
  • 23-06-2020

every single book in this series is amazing.

Laird Barron had to be the best author I have ever read. This series really just keeps getting better and better. I love how the author is starting to lean into his horror roots. 11/10

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  • Stephen Weston
  • 03-06-2020

Barron knocks it out of the park, 3 for 3

Once again Barron has succeeded in creating a satisfying thriller around his lovable Thinking Man's Thug with a Heart of Gold, Isaiah Coleridge. Avid Barronites will delight in familiar names and shapes, while the purely hard-boiled crowd will be sure to savor Coleridge's aphorism adorned contemplative detective work.


Reprising his role of Isaiah is narrator William DeMeritt, whose deep voice and measured cadence add an inimitable dimension of personality and charisma that I would loathe to ever see divorced from these productions. DeMeritt fits Isaiah the way Kevin Conroy fits Batman. Frankly, brilliant.


5/5 can't wait for the next one




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  • Linda S.
  • 17-01-2021

Outstanding Story!

This is a fabulous story. The narrator was excellent. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Angelo V Pileggi
  • 02-09-2020

Worlds Collide

I’m a long-time fan of Laird Barron’s work and when the Isaiah Coleridge started I wasn’t sure what to expect. I enjoyed the first novel and the second; for me Worse Angels is a real treat. It calls back to some of his earlier work and gives the novel an eerie undertone that blends well with the hard-boiled themes, like Isaiah is driving along a cliff sedge he can sense but can’t see.

That said, if you aren’t that familiar with Barron’s body of work it might feel like the unsettling cosmic horror “peek behind the veil” elements come out of left field and dilute the mystery. For others, it hints at a larger - much larger - mystery.

It’s my favorite Coleridge novel to date and guarantees I’ll buy the next one.

Performance by William DeMerritt is stellar as always.

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