NEW AMSTERDAM by Elizabeth Bear. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2007. 1st edition hardcover.
Abigail Irene Garrett drinks too much. She makes scandalous liaisons with inappropriate men, and if in her youth she was a famous beauty, now she is both formidable--and notorious. She is a forensic sorceress, and a dedicated officer of a Crown that does not deserve her loyalty.
She has nothing, but obligations.
Sebastien de Ulloa is the oldest creature she has ever known. He was no longer young at the Christian millennium, and that was nine hundred years ago. He has forgotten his birth-name, his birth-place, and even the year in which he was born, if he ever knew it. But he still remembers the woman who made him immortal.
He has everything, but a reason to live.
In a world where the sun never set on the British Empire, where Holland finally ceded New Amsterdam to the English only during the Napoleonic wars, and where the expansion of the American colonies was halted by the war magic of the Iroquois, they are exiles in the new world--and its only hope for justice.
New Amsterdam is available exclusively from Subterranean Press.
Limited to 200 signed numbered copies, with exclusive chapbook.
Almost True (to be published as a chapbook to accompany the limited edition),
From Publishers Weekly:
New Amsterdam "introduces a tough, witty female sleuth. Abigail Irene Garrett is the perfect Victorian hard-boiled detective... Teaming occasionally with vampire sleuth Sebastien de Ulloa, Irene cuts a figure of crime-fighting confidence through five of the six stories...plunging into wildly unpredictable adventures such as those recounted in "Lumière," a stunning blend of steampunk and eldritch horror. Bear's tales are not only ingeniously mysterious but also richly textured with details that bring the society and history of her alternate America to vivid life. Readers who like the grit of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake novels and the historical heft of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's vampire tales will find similar pleasures here."
From Library Journal:
"Sparkling with wry humor and precise period detail, this belongs in most fantasy collections."
"The joy here arises from watching the story's twists and turns unfold… Once in the New World, [vampire detective] Sebastien adds to his blood sources sorcerer Abigail Irene Garrett, who's actually an officer serving the Crown's Duke Richard, and the plot complexities multiply, as do the cast members, giving new resonance to the term 'characters' in this fast-moving supernatural tale that's bloody well good."
OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER. Fine in fine dj.