Margaret Ronald

Spiral Hunt

HarperEros, February 2009

Some people have the Sight. Genevieve Scelan has the Scent, and with it she can track anything. But some would prefer that what was lost stay lost, as she discovers when a call from a former lover upsets the tenuous balance between her work and her life. To pay a years-old debt, Evie must find her way through the darkest currents beneath Boston, only to find betrayal, conspiracies, and revelations that will shatter all she believes about herself and the city she claims as home.

With a visceral sense of place, Evie’s bike messenger evokes both classic V.I. Warshawski in her easy disturbance of the layers of power under City Hall and Fenway Park, and Neil Gaiman in the intricate involvement of old myths in everyday life.

“I loved, loved, loved this book. I picked it up before bed and couldn’t put it down. Fantastic, moving, thrilling — deeply thoughtful — and beautifully crafted. Honestly, I don’t give praise often, but this was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.”

—Marjorie M. Liu, author of THE IRON HUNT

“Ronald’s debut is extremely promising. Evie Scelan is an engaging and sympathetic protagonist, the plot is watertight and the worldbuilding is solid enough to withstand multiple forays into Evie’s life. Readers will likely enjoy this book, especially those who are familiar with Boston and its traditions.”

– Romantic Times