Phillip DePoy

December's Thorn

Fever Devilin is an academic with a complicated past and an unusual view of the world. A folklorist by training, he's returned to his family home in Blue Mountain, a small town in the heart of Georgia's Appalachian Mountains, where nothing is ever quite what it seems, and the past is always complicated. Still recovering from a near-death experience, Fever is visited by a woman who claims to be his wife. And she's there to deliver some shocking news: Fever has a son.

His friends don't really believe the woman exists—they think she's another hallucination of a mind still slowly recovering from a long-term coma. Fever's fiancée is torn between being outraged and concerned for his mental health. None of this is helped by the fact that Fever, even in the best of times, has a tendency to see things that others don't and that may not, strictly speaking, exist. But when someone starts shooting very real bullets from a very real rifle in Fever's direction, the one thing that everyone can agree upon is that there's something very deadly going on. All Fever has to do is sort out who is trying to kill him—and why—before they succeed.

"Nobody is better at misdirection than DePoy. Nobody is better at making Carl Jung entertaining than DePoy. And if you ever need a psychiatrist, Ceri Nelson is probably the most endearing practitioner in all of mystery fiction." December 1, 2012, Kirkus Review (Starred)

MOST RECENT WORK

fiction
A new short story in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, a new character, Foggy Moscowitz, and a kid named Linda that you don't want to mess with.
Fiction
Seventh in the Fever Devilin series, this one takes on the Tristan/Isolde mythology.
Sixth in the Fever Devilin series, Fever dies on the first page.
New Nonfiction
A conversation between Shakespeare and Lao Tzu in their own words.

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