Glass Town

by Steven Savile
St. Martin’s Press, December 2017, $25.99

When Josh Raines’ grandfather Boone dies, he leaves Josh a letter that tells a complicated tale of obsession and mystery. In the 1920s, Josh’s great-grandfather Isaiah Lockwood and his brother Seth both loved the same woman, the surpassingly lovely budding movie starlet Eleanor Raines. She inexplicably disappeared, along with Seth Lockwood, on January 13, 1924. Isaiah later married her twin sister, Lilly, and changed his name to Raines.

Josh is puzzled by the letter, but doesn’t give it much thought until his long-lost cousins, the frail, elderly Gideon Lockwood and his sinister son Seth, unexpectedly turn up at Boone’s funeral, promising to end the long-running family estrangement. And that’s when the plot takes a strange and unexpected turn.

The Lockwoods are local neighborhood crime bosses who have cruelly kept the Rothery district of London under their thumb for generations. Soon Josh is swept up in a web of deceit, betrayal, occult phenomena, obsession, and ancient magic, all linked to a lost Hitchcock masterpiece, Number 13, and what is revealed to be a magical hidden city within the city, Glass Town, where time stands almost still. Will Josh manage to deconstruct the magic, save Eleanor from Glass Town, and defeat the Lockwoods before Seth and his supernatural henchmen prevail?

Steven Savile has written for popular British television series including Dr. Who, Torchwood, and Sherlock, and his TV experience is evident in Glass Town’s vivid, cinematic imagery, engaging characters, gruesome murders, and strange magic. It’s an intense, fast-moving thriller of intrigue and power, with a fantastical twist, that explores the extremes individual human beings are capable of in order to possess their desires and avenge their loved ones.

Jean Gazis
Teri Duerr
December 2017
St. Martin’s Press