The Dwarves of Whiskey Island
by S. Andrew Swann
DAW Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0756403154
Date: 04 October, 2005 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From back of book: Kline Maxwell was a serious political reporter, covering the City Hall beat for the Cleveland Press. He wasn't interested in working on "fuzzy gnome" stories, or any of the other unbelievable tales that hsould end up only in sensationalist rags. But twelve years ago a magical Portal had opened into Cleveland, a Portal that had ruined much of Cleveland's modern-day technology even as it released magical energy all over town. And suddenly there was a shift in the population as humans fled the burg while dwarves, elves, dragons, ogres, gnomes, mages, and every other denizen of the fantasy realm on the other side of the Portal began moving into town.
And whether he wanted to or not, Maxwell had found himself covering stories that sometimes took him far from his political stomping grounds and into way too much danger both magical and mundane. Now, just when he thought he was safe from all that, a mysterious phone call from a dwarf who wanted to give him information about the unexplained suicide of the former City Council President drew him into a case that had dark spells, destruction, and death written all over it...