Managing Death: Bk. 2: A Steven De Selby Novel (Steven De Selby 2)
by Trent Jamieson
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841498607
Date: 20 January 2011 List Price £8.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Trent Jamieson has been a fixture on the Australian scene for a while - he's a writer and editor with over 70 published short stories to his name and he teaches the craft too - most recently at Clarion South. I was delighted when Orbit picked up his new series last year, publishing it simultaneously in the UK, US and Australia. The first in the Death Works series, one that should definitely appeal in a big way to fans of Jim Butcher and Mike Carey was Death Most Definite (follow the link for Steve Sawicki's admiring review) and Jamieson now follows it with this new release, Managing Death.
"Steven has a new job, with an important-sounding job title: Australia's Regional Death. On a good day he thinks it has quite a ring to it, but on a bad day (that's most of them) it's more of a toll.
He's recently averted a Regional Apocalypse, but a huge national death count - instead of a normal, manageable death count - is still a big risk. And with barely a month to go until his first Death Moot, where the world's thirteen Deaths get together to talk, er, death, Steven feels a crisis is imminent.
People are dying in the unusually brutal summer heat. Monstrous Stirrers are on the rise as their dark god draws near. Someone is trying to kill him. And he has a conference to organise. Steven must start managing Death, before it starts managing him, or this time the Apocalypse will be more than Regional."