A Bone Street Rumba Novel
Daniel José Older is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and composer. He facilitates workshops on storytelling, music, and antioppression organizing at public schools, religious houses, and universities. His short stories and essays have appeared in Gawker, BuzzFeed Books, Salon, Chicago Sun-Times, New Haven Review, Tor.com, PANK, Strange Horizons, and Crossed Genres Magazine, among other publications.
FIRST IN A BRAND NEW URBAN FANTASY SERIES
Because I’m an inbetweenerand the only one anyone knows of at thatthe dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it’s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn’ta been.”
Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agentsan inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kinduntil he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.
One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworldwhich would destroy the balance between the living and the dead.
But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own lifeand death.