The Possession of Paavo Deshin: A Retrieval Artist Short Novel

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All of his short life, Paavo Deshin has seen ghosts. The same two ghosts who have now approached him on the school playground, ghosts who look older and actually smell bad. Paavo’s cry for help brings the authorities, a few lawyers, and Retrieval Artist Miles Flint, who learns some secrets about the ghosts—and about Paavo’s parents. A stand-alone short Retrieval Artist novel. More
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About Kristine Kathryn Rusch

New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.
Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award.
She writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake.
She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits some of the volumes, as well.
To keep up with everything she does, go to and sign up for her newsletter. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,, She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

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Reviews of The Possession of Paavo Deshin: A Retrieval Artist Short Novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Nancy Beck reviewed on July 11, 2012

Although it's not necessary to read this short novel, it will add an extra dimension to the next regular-length novel, Anniversary Day. (At least you'll be in the know when Ms. Rusch mentions Paavo and his father briefly in Anniversary.)

Paavo Deshin is an extremely intelligent but very strange boy; including the fact that he sees ghosts. When he mentions seeing them yet again at school for brainiac kids, his mother hits the roof over how they managed to infiltrate the school without tripping any systems, the headmistress goes to work on getting her security people to figure out how that could have happened. When they can't come up with anything, she turns to (you guessed it)...Miles Flint.

While the mother seems to be compassionate, the father is anything but, and there's a hint at some criminality in his past...and maybe he's still at it...

He does try to do the right thing with Paavo because, deep down, he does love the child, so he's not just one dimensional. Ms. Rusch packs a lot of emotion into her stories, and this one does not disappoint.

There's enough of a twist here to keep you engrossed to the very end.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
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