Max Frei's novels have been a literary sensation in Russia since their debut in 1996, and have bowled over the fantasy world. The Stranger will appeal to a broad coalition of delighted readers. Strike a chord with readers of all stripes. Fantasy, horror, philosophy, and dark comedy are all ingredients in this amazing work in which a sharp wit and a bewildering web of clues opens up a Pandora's box of secrets.
Max Frei is a twenty-something loser-a big sleeper (during the day, that is-at night he can't catch a wink), a hardened smoker, and an uncomplicated glutton and loafer. But then he gets lucky. He contacts a parallel world in his dreams, where magic is a daily practice. Once a social outcast, he's now known in his new world as the "unequalled Sir Max." He's a member of the Department of Absolute Order, formed by a species of enchanted secret agents; his job is to solve cases more extravagant and unreal than one could imagine-a journey that will take Max down the winding paths of this strange and unhinged universe.
THE STRANGER is the first in the cultishly acclaimed series LABYRINTHS OF ECHO to materialize in an English-language edition. Opening the series, THE STRANGER tells how Max Frei--the pen-named author, narrator, and hero--finds his way to the dream-world city of Echo and how he becomes an overnight sensation as the Nocturnal Representative of the Most Venerable Head of the Minor Secret Investigative Force, solving bizarre paranormal mysteries in this town full of practitioners of the magical arts. Frei cultivates a very special blend of fantasy and thriller, mixing in sardonic humor and philosophical musings.
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- January 4, 2011
- January 4, 2011
- Max Frei