Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

By Justine Larbalestier

The notoriously bloody background of a mob-run Sydney, Australia local is fertile flooring for this old mystery with a magical twist: girls' skill to determine the various ghosts haunting Razorhurst.

Sydney's lethal Razorhurst local, 1932. Gloriana Nelson and Mr. Davidson, ruthless mob bosses, have reached a delicate peace--one maintained by means of "razor men." Kelpie, orphaned and homeless, is blessed (and cursed) having the ability to see Razorhurst's many ghosts. They inform her secrets and techniques the residing can't find out about the cracks already forming within the mobs' truce.

Then Kelpie meets Dymphna Campbell, a mythical attractiveness and prized moll of Gloriana Nelson. She's earned the nickname "Angel of Death" simply because none of her beaus has ever survived figuring out her. Unbeknownst to Kelpie, Dymphna can see ghosts, too, and she or he is aware that Gloriana's carry is crumbling one henchman at a time. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens the 2 ladies at each flip, Dymphna is decided not just to outlive, yet to upward push to the pinnacle with Kelpie at her part.

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I don’t understand,” Eric muttered plaintively. “It doesn’t seem like such a complex request. ” “As a matter of fact, Abbott, I’ve done a lot more for you than was minimally necessary or was even advisable. ” He paused thoughtfully, eyeing a blank terminal. When he spoke again it was in a gentler, almost paternal voice. “Listen to me, young man. I am going to give you a lesson in life, a part of life you know nothing of and will be much happier to remain ignorant of. I’ve been in this business for a long time.

Suddenly aware of all the attention he was drawing, he started walking away, straightening his coat and trying to hide the rip in the material as best he could. At least there was no crowd. Away from the city’s commercial center there were fewer pedestrians and robocabs, more people traveling in private vehicles. Mad. I’m going stark raving mad, he thought wildly. Charlie was right all along. The events of the past several minutes defied explanation, just as they defied comprehension. He was not a particularly strong man, nor had he ever thought of himself as such.

Not with the Hong Kong presentation so close at hand. It was Thursday. What if Polikartos didn’t come up with something by tomorrow? Did private investigators work weekends? Eric decided he couldn’t take that chance. He strolled casually out of the office. As for their usual commute home tonight, Charlie would have to conjure up his own reasons for his friend’s absence. Eric tried to put the girl out of his thoughts long enough to think up a good excuse for taking off work early, but nothing came to mind.

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