The Skin Trade
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The Skin Trade

by George R. R. Martin
Release date: October 11, 2013
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, horror

World Fantasy Award for Best Novella 1989.

A novella. Cover art by Rick Berry. Originally published in the anthology Night Visions 5 (1988).

Randi Wade's world is spiraling into a dark labyrinth of secrets and lies. Her only friend is keeping something from her. Innocent victims are being savagely attacked and left for dead, all but their skins. There is an eerie connection between the crime scenes and her own father's murder nearly twenty years before, unsolved to this day. Despite this, Chief of Police Joe Urquhart, her father's former partner and best friend, beckons her to drop the case, drop everything. Is he protecting her, or something else?

As the case unfolds, Randi is pulled ever closer to realizing her darkest fear: that werewolves do exist, and they'll do anything necessary to keep their secrets safe in this once quiet town... Even if it means killing their own. All the while, an eccentric but powerful family watches closely from inside the black iron gates of Blackstone Manor, as the horrendous truth behind it all begins to bubble toward the top.

(updated 2013-11-06)

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