Hello there! As promised, I have now posted an excerpt of Wicked City for your enjoyment. This covers the first two chapters. Feel free to send to anyone you like and spread the love. The book comes out in April, so you won’t have to wait too long to see how it turns out. Also, it got its first review in Publishers Weekly:
Johnson follows 2010’s Moonshine with another light urban fantasy set in an alternate 1920s New York City. Mayor Jimmy Walker is looking to legalize an alcohol–blood mixture known as Faust, but his agenda is imperiled when the tabloids link the drink to the deaths of 10 vampires, all in one night, on the eve of a crucial Board of Aldermen vote. Walker asks Zephyr Hollis, daughter of “Montana’s most famous demon hunter” and known as the “vampire suffragette” for her advocacy on behalf of the undead, to find out whodunit. Her sleuthing is engaging enough, but the real fun lies in the little details of Johnson’s imagined world: as night falls, Manhattan’s hot dog and pretzel vendors are replaced by carts dispensing Faust, and status is now determined in affluent society by having human rather than vampire servants, despite stricter applicable labor laws.
Exciting, yes? And remember that if you’d like further updates closer to the publication date (as well as other goodies, like a Zephyr Hollis short story I’m writing right now), send me an email so I can put you on the mailing list.