Johannes Cabal the Detective


Johannes Cabal returns in this riotously clever and terrifically twisted tale of murder and international intrigue. In this genre-twisting novel Johannes Cabal leads us on another raucous journey in a little-known corner of the world. This time he's on the run from the local government.


Stealing the identity of a minor bureaucrat, Cabal takes passage on the Princess Hortense, a passenger aeroship that is leaving the country. The deception seems perfect, and Cabal looks forward to a quiet trip and a clean escape, until he comes face-to-face with Leonie Barrow, an enemy from the old days who could blow his cover. But when a fellow passenger appears to throw himself to his death, Cabal begins to investigate out of curiosity. His minor efforts result in an attempt on his own life - and then the gloves come off.


Cabal and Leonie - the only woman to ever match wits with him - reluctantly team up to discover the murderer. Before they are done, there will be more narrow escapes, involving sword fighting and newfangled flying machines. There will be massive destruction, not to mention resurrected dead ...


Steampunk meets the classic Sherlockian mystery in this rip-roaring adventure where anything could happen ... and does.

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Published 2010


A swashbuckling mystery set in a steampunk world.

Denver Post


Cabal, the detective and necromancer, is full of charismatic amorality, making him both a classical, and refreshing antihero.

TimeOut, Chicago


Definitely entertaining, a cut above many books out there.

Free Lance-Star


Silly, erudite, and part a playful modern variant of the locked door murder mystery.

The Huffington Post