Los Angeles, the eighties.
Cait MacReady is a part-time library scientist, part-time forger of books old and rare. Books of magic. Her latest, the Smoking Codex, is a work of complete fiction and all her own, nothing but vodka-fueled occult nonsense and heartfelt desire. It’s a fake — no history, no power.
Or is it? The book takes on a life of its own and someone wants it very badly. The police get involved when her ex-lover fence is murdered. Now Cait must somehow manage to stop a thing that has already happened: the book’s secret god is already known.
And its name has been spoken.