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Lanceheim : A Novel (Hardcover)

Author: Davys, Tim

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"These are stuffed animals like you've never seen: deep, dark, and, somehow, utterly believable. Lucky us---a mystery that's completely original."---Brad Meltzer Bestselling Author of the Book of Lies

"Weird? Obviously. But oddly gripping and convincing....Skip that evening Scotch and read this one stone-cold sober---it's plenty trippy as is."---Washington Post

"Amberville is a delightful mystery-thriller set in a city populated by stuffed animals. Yes, it sound kooky, weird, even hopelessly cute, like some Christmas special where the animals wear fedoras and mutter In tones of Sam Spade, But this debut is dastardly fun to read....Amberville is a nifty rollick that's as bracing as a good shot of whisky." ---San Francisco Chronicle

"True identities constantly shift in this world---lovers might be enemies, priests can be evil, and stuffed animals, given the depth and intellect that Davys gives them, may as well be human."---Chicago Sun-Times

"Amberville is a firm right hook to the brain, the kind that makes you realize you didn't even know what you were missing out on till now. Hard-boiled teddy bears, voluptuous rats, pious penguins, and exploding fowl populate a world that's violent, tender, hilarious, and downright sickening. Really, what could be better?"---Eric Garcia, Author of Anonymous Rex

A Fast-Paced Literary and Psychological Drama in Which the Trials and Tribulations of a Group of Stuffed Animals Illuminate the Moral and Philosophical Dilemmas We All Share

While finishing what was to be his greatest symphony, famed composer Reuben Walrus discovers he is going deaf. Desperate to stave off the encroaching silence, he embarks on an odyssey to find a fabled creature named Maximilian, rumored to have healing power but only traceable via an underground network. But as Reuben gets closer to the truth, he must ask himself: Just who---or what---is Maximilian?

The story of the legendary creature is recorded by Wolf Diaz, Maximilian's oldest friend and most loyal follower. Oddly, unlike the other stuffed animals of Mollison Town, Maximilian did not arrive by green delivery truck. He cannot be identified as any particular species and is made from a material unlike any other with almost invisible seams. And most puzzling. he grows in size. As Maximilian matures, he begins to preach odd parables, attracting a legion of followers hoping to learn from his teaching. But his believers aren't the only stuffed animals paying attention as his growing influence threatens the power of the darker forces currently ruling Mollisan Town. Now Maximilian is in hiding ... and time is running out for Reuben to find him. As his search widens, the composer encounters a detective mouse, a giraffe who swears Maximilian miraculously cured his stomach cancer, and a mink who may hold the key to Reuben's salvation. But it's a race against time as Reuben's world steadily goes silent, and his desperation may ultimately lead to his undoing.

With biting prose and compelling plot twists, Lancehelm is a tour de force all the way to the last sentence, as the true natures of Wolf Diaz, Reuben Walrus, and Maximilian are uncovered. Through the stuffed animals living in the imaginative world he introduced in the critically acclaimed Amberville, Tim Davys explores the hopes and fears, strengths and weaknesses, that define humanity as he pens a story that is both gripping and extraordinary.

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780061797439
SKU 212585648
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 006179743X
Release Date 6/15/2010

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