Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, "e;High Stakes"e; ("e;Wild Cards"e;) delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page-turning novel of superheroics and Lovecraftian horror.
After the concluding events of "e;Lowball,"e; Officer Francis Black of Fort Freak, vigilante joker Marcus "e;The Infamous Black Tongue"e; Morgan, and ace thief Mollie "e;Tesseract"e; Steunenberg get stuck in Talas, Kyrgyzstan. There, the coldblooded Baba Yaga forces jokers into an illegal fighting ring, but her hidden agenda is much darker: her fighters' deaths serve to placate a vicious monster from another dimension. When the last line of defense against this world weakens, all hell breaks loose, literally....
The Committee in New York sends a team of aces to investigate. One by one, each falls victim to evil forces--including the dark impulses within themselves. Only the perseverance of the most unlikely of heroes has a chance of saving the world before utter chaos erupts on Earth.
Edited by #1 "e;New York Times"e; bestselling author George R. R. Martin, "e;High Stakes "e;features the writing talents of Melinda M. Snodgrass, John Jos. Miller, David Anthony Durham, Caroline Spector, Stephen Leigh, and Ian Tregillis.