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New K. J. Parker in stock and shipping

The Father of Lies by K J Parker

K. J. Parker's mammoth new collection, The Father of Lies, has just hit our warehouse doors. We're busy bagging, boxing, labeling, and sending copies on to customers as quickly as we can, a process that's likely to stretch into next week.

About the Book:

Bringing together K. J. Parker’s recent novellas and novelettes, totaling over 500 pages of wry, twisty fiction, The Father of Lies delves into the arcane as never before. Set amid the world of Parker’s critically acclaimed novels and award winning stories, as well as our own, this volume reveals a side rarely glimpsed in his other works. Contained herein are the tales of creatures that pluck the strings of existence, exposing the seedy underbelly of ultimate power as only Parker can.

It begins with love, as it often does. In All the Things We Do for Love, Parker demonstrates the age old proverb ‘be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.’ It continues with a fall from grace, in Downfall of the Gods, where a daughter of heaven unwittingly pits herself against her divine family. Demonic pacts are everywhere, in The Devil You Know, where Parker returns to Saloninus, his iconic character who will finish what he started so many years ago. It ends with a beginning, in No Peace for the Wicked, as a New Pope is chosen to push back the darkness.

Filled with Parker’s hallmark wit and biting humor, The Father of Lies is an essential collection, not just for the dedicated fantasist, but for anyone committed to a great story well told. Like all of K. J. Parker's brilliant fiction, these stories whisper the truth. 

Just ask yourself, can you trust the Father of Lies?

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $40

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“The centerpiece (literally and figuratively), ‘The Devil You Know,’ features the con artist and philosopher Saloninus (familiar from Parker’s novella ‘Blue and Gold’) negotiating with a devil for an extended life span. It’s an old concept—each knows the other’s trying to pull a fast one—but the two characters play so well off each other that the story works as an updated and entertaining Socratic dialogue.”

 

 

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