The Devil's Bargain

The Devil's Bargain

by Jeff Somers

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Avery Cates has a problem.

In a shrinking, sterile world, the Archangel is marching his army to Castelvecchio, and Cates has the information he needs to access the last remnants of the awesome technology of the despise System. He's made his Devil's Bargain with Lucinda Barowel, and now he knows the hitch: In order to get to the machinery of war left behind at Cochtopa, he's going to need a boat—and guns. His ersatz army is quickly running out of ammunition in a world where the factories stopped working long ago.

When he learns that a local criminal has been hoarding guns and ammo as insurance against the coming apocalypse, Cates heads off to make a deal. And if he can't make a deal, he'll have to use every last resource he has left to secure that weaponry for himself—and hope his bargain with Barowel doesn't come back to bite him in the ass.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163121342
Publisher: Oinking Sow, Inc.
Publication date: 08/15/2019
Series: Avery Cates Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,068,881
File size: 195 KB

About the Author

Jeff Somers ( began writing by court order as an attempt to steer his creative impulses away from engineering genetic grotesqueries. He has published nine novels, including the Avery Cates Series of noir-science fiction novels and the Ustari Cycle series of urban fantasy novels. His short story “Ringing the Changes” was selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories 2006, his story “Sift, Almost Invisible, Through” appeared in the anthology Crimes by Moonlight edited by Charlaine Harris, and his story “Three Cups of Tea” appeared in the anthology Hanzai Japan. He also writes about books for Barnes and Noble and about the craft of writing for Writer’s Digest, which published his book on the craft of writing Writing Without Rules in 2018. He lives in Hoboken with his wife, The Duchess, and their cats. He considers pants to always be optional.

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