George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards multi-author shared-world universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. Now, in addition to overseeing the ongoing publication of new Wild Cards books (like 2011's Fort Freak), Martin is also commissioning and editing new Wild Cards stories for publication on Tor.com. In Cherie Priest's "The Button Man and the Murder Tree," it's Chicago in 1971, and Raul is a button man -- a professional ender of lives that the Mob needs ended. But something's odd about his most recent assignments. And then there are those mushrooms growing out of his skin...
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About the Author
Cherie Priest's "Clockwork Century" novels, beginning with the bestselling and award-winning Boneshaker (2009), have made her one of the most eminent and popular writers in the steampunk subgenre of science fiction.
Cherie Priest debuted to great acclaim with Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Wings to the Kingdom, and Not Flesh Nor Feathers, a trilogy of Southern Gothic ghost stories featuring heroine Eden Moore. She is also the author of Fathom, Dreadnought, and Boneshaker, which was nominated for a Nebula and Hugo Award and won the PNBA Award and the Locus Award for best science-fiction novel. She is an associate editor at Subterranean Press. Born in Tampa, Florida, Priest went to college at Southern Adventist University and earned her master’s in rhetoric at the University of Tennessee. After spending most of her life in the southern United States, she recently moved to Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Aric, and a fat black cat named Spain.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this story. I do not always adore Priest's writing, even though Boneshaker rates as one of my top overall faves. Although she is a personal heroine of mine in "real" life, I find some of her work less endearing. However, this short was a LOT of fun to read. She captured a genre outside her normal & her voice was pitch perfect as it wove a noir tale in a 30's-50's gangster-themed world of a hired killer with a wicked secret-ending with a fantastic twist of fantasy that I would not ruin for you for anything. This story left a smile on my face and a desire to experience more of these characters and their world.
The Button Man and the Murder Tree (ebook) by Cherie Priest The Wild Cards virus has changes the world, it changed the universe. The Button man is a hit man, but the virus has not left him in peace. As he completes his missions he finds that their are plots between the powers that be. The recent contracts he has been doing shows the depth of the controversy. This book looks into the motivations of the survivors and those who are afraid of the circumstances of great powers shared.