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The Tainted Cup by Robert Jackson Bennett
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Feb 06, 2024 | ISBN 9780593823859 | 832 Minutes

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“Great fantasy detective stories are too rare, but Bennett—another rising star of fantasy—more than delivers.”The Washington Post

“I’m reminded of what an incredible writer and storyteller Robert Jackson Bennett is. The Tainted Cup is a wonderful novel whose pull to keep the pages turning comes from the great plot, inventive world, and fascinating characters. Highly recommended.”SFFWorld

“The story immediately grabbed my attention with a riveting mystery and quirky characters. . . . An entertaining and fun read. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.”Mystery & Suspense

“Holmes and Watson get a new twist in this fantastical noir set in a mysterious empire in which nothing is as it seems. . . . Perfect for those who loved China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station and Kraken, but wished there was more camaraderie and crime-solving.”CrimeReads

“Robert Jackson Bennett is a master of world-building. . . . I knew that he would knock it out of the park. . . . This is just such a fun, compelling read! I [was so enthralled] by the writing and plot of this terrific and very human mystery.”Criminal Element

“Original, imaginative, and suspenseful, The Tainted Cup superbly blends mystery and fantasy in this vivid, complex novel. I couldn’t put it down. Give me more of this world and these characters ASAP!”—Meg Gardiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the UNSUB series

“Part Sherlock Holmes murder mystery, part Through the Looking-Glass, The Tainted Cup is one of the wildest, most original stories I’ve ever had the privilege to explore. I loved every second of it. This is a book that has planted roots in my head for the rest of my life.”—Wesley Chu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The War Arts Saga

“A riveting murder mystery wrapped in a twisty conspiracy, set in a vivid fantasy world terrorized by eldritch monsters . . . If you love unique, genre-bending, boundary-pushing fantasy as much as I do, look no further than Robert Jackson Bennett.”—Fonda Lee, World Fantasy Award–winning author of the Green Bone Saga

“I loved this. A twisty detective story, a weird fantasy, a thrilling adventure—The Tainted Cup is a masterstroke. I want Bennett to write a dozen of these, and send them to me yesterday.”—Max Gladstone, New York Times bestselling co-author of This Is How You Lose the Time War

The Tainted Cup is a true fantasy mystery, with a leading duo who stand with Holmes and Watson among the greats. And Bennett sets it all in a squishy, fascinating, biopunk world I’m dying to find out more about. Bring on the next one!”—Django Wexler, author of the Shadow Campaigns series

“A classic murder mystery set against dazzling world-building and sly social commentary. Robert Jackson Bennett doesn’t miss.”—James L. Sutter, author of Darkhearts

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