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The Second Shooter

A perception-twisting sci-fi thriller by a critically acclaimed author. Sometimes, the truth is weirder than the conspiracy theories.

Journalist Mike Karras has heard a lot of strange things, but they’re about to get stranger… and a lot more dangerous.

Accounts of a ‘second shooter’ have attended on every assassination since JFK, but there’s rarely any proof. Commissioned by a small conspiracy-minded publisher to research the phenomenon, Mike draws someone’s attention, getting him implicated in a bombing, and on the run from… well, everyone.

Joined by Rahel Alazar, who claims to have been saved by God during a shooting at church, Mike may have learned enough to stop a massacre—or get himself killed.

“A trippy, imaginative treat.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“Gradually becomes more complex... There’s a cinematic element to it, but it’s also unafraid to explore some deeply weird places.” -- Tor.com

“Among the best... Mamatas plays fair with the mystery elements, the stakes keep rising, and it all builds toward a satisfying conclusion.” -- Locus Magazine

“Mamatas writes in a witty, sassy style that invigorates his narrative.” -- Publishers Weekly

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including Move Under Ground, I Am Providence and Sabbath. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Tor.com, and dozens of other venues. Much of the last decade's short fiction was recently collected in The People's Republic of Everything. Nick is also an editor and anthologist: he co-edited the Bram Stoker Award-winning Haunted Legends with Ellen Datlow, the Locus Award nominees The Future is Japanese and Hanzai Japan with Masumi Washington, and the hybrid fiction/cocktail title Mixed Up with Molly Tanzer. His short fiction, non-fiction, novels, and editorial work have variously been nominated for the Hugo, Shirley Jackson, Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards.

“A trippy, imaginative treat.” 

– Kirkus Reviews

“Gradually becomes more complex... There’s a cinematic element to it, but it’s also unafraid to explore some deeply weird places.”

– Tor.com

“Among the best... Mamatas plays fair with the mystery elements, the stakes keep rising, and it all builds toward a satisfying conclusion.” 

– Locus Magazine

“Mamatas writes in a witty, sassy style that invigorates his narrative.” 

– Publishers Weekly

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