Kristine Kathryn Rusch
USA Today 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, romantic suspense as Kristine Dexter, and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake.
Her popular weekly blog on the changes in publishing has become an industry must-read.
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 at least two anthologies in the series per year on her own.
To keep up with everything she does, go to kriswrites.com. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (krisnelscott.com, kristinegrayson.com, krisdelake.com, retrievalartist.com, divingintothewreck.com). She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.
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Death on D Street
D Street—the closest thing Hope’s Pass has to a red light district. The sheriff’s drunk the night Jeanne gets murdered, so Will, the mayor, leaves his sleeping wife and children to investigate the crime at the request of the local doctor. Only the crime has deep roots, roots that will touch Will’s entire family, and make him question everything he’s ever known.
One hunter. One songbird. He must convince her to sing for the king once again. But in so doing, he makes a bargain that could change everything he knows and understands about his world. And his life. And the decision could change the world itself.
To sing or not to sing. The price might be too high. On both sides.
Published with bonus story “Dragonslayer.”
They send the best and brightest to war, then observe them when the soldiers return. Only someone else observes too, someone closer to the soldier, someone quite surprising.
Published with bonus story “Elites.”
A thoughtful and thought-provoking story.
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Triwell doesn’t adopt strays. He is a stray, a man who has lost everything even though he has a house and an antiquarian bookstore in Seavy Village on the Oregon Coast. The cat adopted him.
She’s a mystery, a mystery who lives with him, a mystery he will solve one summer in a surprising—and deadly—way.
With bonus story, “Star.”
Thomas’s estranged daughter Heather died on the Oregon Coast. Thomas returns there, not to solve his daughter’s murder, but to see if he can live with himself and his past. Only someone leaves mysterious notes and birds die on his porch. Something strange lurks in the shadows. When more people die, Thomas realizes he alone can solve the crisis, if he only dares…
Victory: The Fifth Book of The Fey
(5.00 from 1 review)
An Ancient weapon.
A new source of power.
One splintered family.
Will it destroy the world? Or Save it?
In the Cliffs of Blood, Blue Isle’s royal family has discovered a secret so powerful that it might destroy the Black King of the Fey. But the Black King’s power comes from the same source as the powers of his great-grandchildren. And they’re trying to defeat him.
Surviving the Transition: How Writers Can Thrive in the New World of Publishing
Most writers run their careers the same way they did in the 1990s. But publishing has changed so much since then that any writer who works on the old model will no longer make a living. In this short book, international bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch shows you how to think about the new world of publishing. She gives you a blueprint for survival
Red Letter Day
Graduation Day at Barack Obama High School. The day the Red Letters arrive, the day that students get a glimpse into their own future. But a handful never get a letter and no one knows why. One teacher has an idea though, a teacher who never got a Red Letter herself, a teacher who will finally have answers before the day is out.
Gavin spends his morning reading the email of his ex-girlfriend, Stella. He has a restraining order, so he can’t approach her. The email has to do. Until it stops. Until Stella disappears from the world.
Gavin thinks he knows what happened to her, but how can he help her? He’s not a hero—or is he?
The Karnikov Card: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum
Secret Master of Fandom and Private Detective Spade faces an impossible mission: He must save Celebcon Five from itself. The convention that’s trying to out Comic-con Comic-con has decided to make Dmitri Karnikov its guest of honor. Then Spade’s mysterious friend Paladin reveals the secret to Karnikov’s attendance, and Spade must act to stop a horrid crime.
Kincaid always shows up at a crime scene before the crime happens. Except at the Burger Joint. He got stuck in Los Angeles traffic and arrived just after the shooting ended. Now he must deal with carnage, carnage he couldn’t prevent—carnage he’s never been able to prevent. The carnage takes him to the end of his singular talent, and face-to-face with his future.
Becalmed: A Diving Universe Novella
(4.00 from 1 review)
Mae, chief linguist on the Ivoire, heads a diplomatic mission to Ukhanda. Her handling of relations with the Quurzod lead to a battle that causes the Ivoire’s anacapa drive to malfunction, stranding the ship in foldspace. Mae can’t remember what she did wrong. If she doesn’t recall it, she won’t be able to prevent another disaster.
Bring Me the Head of Anne Boleyn
Before her twenty-fifth year, she was both a princess and a prisoner, a royal daughter and the daughter of a traitor. Now Elizabeth Tudor has become queen of England and, in her private moments, cannot quite believe she survived.
She has to figure out how to rule, but first she must reclaim her past, and to do that, she must find the last thing her mother ever gave her.
The Resistance: The Fourth Book of The Fey
(4.00 from 1 review)
A RUTHLESS WARRIOR. A BRILLIANT TACTICIAN. ONE FAMILY. OPPOSITE SIDES.
The Black King of the Fey, Rugad, has conquered Blue Isle's capitol city. He thinks he's conquered the Isle itself, even though he can't find its royal family. That family has retreated to the mountains. Exhausted but undefeated, they will regroup and attack again, this time with a new weapon, one that can change everything.
The Rival: The Third Book of The Fey
A LAND SCARRED BY WAR FACES A CONQUEROR WITHOUT MERCY.
The Fey have conquered half the world with their great skills—not just at combat and with powerful magicks. The Fey have another weapon, a greater weapon: Patience. Twenty years after their first invasion, the Fey try again to conquer Blue Isle.
Christopher's Crummy Christmas
Eleven-year-old Christopher always spends Christmas alone. This year, he’s going to change that. This year, he’s going to make his parents stay home. Everyone tells him he’ll ruin Christmas, but he doesn’t care. He wants a good Christmas, and he’ll do anything to get it. Includes the complete bonus story, "Boz."
The Last Christmas Letter
“Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s eerie and slow-starting ‘The Last Christmas Letter’ decisively delivers the Twilight Zone’s trademark out-of-this-world wonder…exceptional, with vivid characters and some mind-bending narrative moments.”
Duplicate Effort: A Retrieval Artist Novel
“If there’s any such thing as a sci-fi CSI, the Retrieval Artist novels set the tone.”
The Edge Boston.
Flint can no longer take on the entire universe. He violated the rules of his Retrieval Artist mentor and now has a lot to lose. But he can’t reverse the events he set in motion—and the crisis he caused might destroy everything—and everyone—he loves.
Recovery Man: A Retrieval Artist Novel
“This high-tech detective story, part of the Retrieval Artist series, has hard science fiction, a complex whodunit and a fascinating look at alien bureaucracy. All the elements for an entertaining story are here: well-drawn, believable characters with frailties and flaws, credible scientific theory, and authentic-feeling settings.”
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Anniversary Day: A Retrieval Artist Novel
(5.00 from 1 review)
The long-awaited return of the Retrieval Artist series!
Four years ago, a bomb destroyed part of the dome protecting Armstrong, the largest city on the Moon. Now, as the city celebrates its survival with an event it calls Anniversary Day, a larger threat looms—one that begins with the murder of the mayor, and spreads across the Moon itself.
Paloma: A Retrieval Artist Novel
(5.00 from 1 review)
“Rusch does a superb job of making the Retrieval Artist books work as fully satisfying standalone mysteries and as installments in a gripping saga full of love, loss, grief, hope, adventure, and discovery. It is also some of the best science fiction ever written.”
New York Times bestselling author
Orson Scott Card
Models: A Short Mystery Novel
Kendall Dee disappears on her first day as a professional hairdresser at a New York Fashion Week runway show. When she turns up murdered, her friend Corry Lindstrom decides to find out what happened.
Chosen by the readers of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine as one of the top five stories of the year, “Models” takes place in a world not often seen by outsiders.
Lawyer F. Reed Hamlin has everything—money, success, a small amount of fame. But he doesn’t have close relationships. He doesn’t have family. Until he hears on the news that police have caught a Vietnam protester who bombed a munitions site. An anti-war radical who has hidden for twenty years. An anti-war radical who just happens to be Reed’s mother.
Fifteen Minutes At Mercy General
An emergency: a bleeding teenage girl in ripped clothes on a gurney in a hospital corridor, her mother hastily brought in by the investigating police officer. An emergency, a girl, a family, and a crime so horrible that no one understands until it’s too late…
Monuments to the Dead
Mount Rushmore has disappeared. No presidents grace its face. The area looks like it did before those craggy faces got carved into the hillside. The American Observer has sent Emelia Sunlake to give the California perspective on a strange experience but, she says, she’s writing “a white, middle-class, female California perspective” on the experience.
She calls herself Linda, although it’s not her name. She travels from nursing home to nursing home, fixing problems, helping others. Until she meets Eloise Mortimer. Rich, famous Eloise Mortimer. Dying Eloise Mortimer, who fancies herself a latter-day Miss Marple, but who might simply be something much more dangerous. Much more destructive.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis—former first lady, editor, mother, grandmother—lives a life of mystery. But she wants to solve a mystery of her own: who changed the world on November 22, 1963? Oswald? A group of conspirators?
Originally written for a mystery anthology titled The First Lady Murders.
Includes the complete bonus story, "Bring Me the Head of Anne Boleyn"
In the first days of the Clinton administration, Ransom, a DC private eye specializing in Republican dirty tricks, falls on hard times. He finds himself investigating the murder of a local celebrity—Bob the Weather Cat.
Chosen as one of the best short stories of 1993.
(4.00 from 1 review)
Rena lost everything when her husband and son died in a fiery car accident. Now she has only her daily swim at the rec center, where she hopes no one pays attention to her horrible burn scars. But someone noticed, the same someone who murders a lifeguard while Rena does her laps. Only Rena can identify the killer, but the identification is not as easy as it seems...
The Changeling: The Second Book of The Fey
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Betrayal. Assassination. Kidnapping. And that's just the beginning...
The most surprising book of The Fey saga, with a twist so powerful the rest of the series hinges on that one moment. The Changeling alters everything from the balance of power to the very nature of power itself.
Buried Deep: A Retrieval Artist Novel
A cold case starts it all—human bones discovered beneath the Martian soil in the alien Disty’s main city.
"A high-velocity rush through cultures in full clash, as fear and panic overwhelm the day, and Rusch’s writing makes the far-out scenario feel as present and credible as today’s breaking news….Rusch has outdone herself yet again."
The Edge Boston
June Sixteenth at Anna's
Leta has died, leaving her husband Mac with his memories and one famous holorecording. On June 16, 2001, Leta ate at a restaurant called Anna’s, and a time travel recording made of that day later became a sensation. Leta collected all of the versions of that recording, but Mac has never seen it. Until now.
Unknown Baby Girl
A former LAPD homicide detective, Carolyn moved to Oregon to escape crime. Yet when she takes a job making houses energy efficient, she discovers a baby’s skeleton in a crawl space. She can’t ignore the forgotten bones and uses her old skills to find the truth.
Gritty and powerful, Unknown Baby Girl is one of Edgar nominee Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s most memorable stories.
Emilio Diate has vowed vengeance on the government for its merciless execution of his entire family. Now forced to start over on Golga, the handsome refugee joins the secret police with only one dark intention—to find his family’s killers and serve his own brand of justice. But when he falls in love, he might become a victim of his own revenge.
The Sacrifice: The First Book of The Fey
(5.00 from 1 review)
A fast-paced, vibrant novel, filled with memorable characters, Sacrifice: The First Book of the Fey begins a saga that will take readers to a richly imagined fantasy world, filled with magic, treachery, and unexpected love.
Consequences: A Retrieval Artist Novel
Mixing interstellar politics and police procedural, Rusch turns out a satisfying SF mystery. Flint’s internal conflicts are deftly portrayed, and the gritty realism of the murder investigation meshes well with the alien setting.
This [third] entry in the Retrieval Artist series should please SF and mystery fans alike, and can be read independently.
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Dylan’s wife Geneva has died. Only Dylan doesn’t believe it. Not because he believes in ghosts, but because he believes in science. Geneva, a physicist, believed that linear time was just a perception, one humans could overcome. If she was right, then Dylan can change his perceptions and if he does that, then Geneva will live again. He has nothing to lose, and Geneva to gain.
Reflections on Life and Death
Sarah’s mother says she’ll die in the extended care facility. Sarah’s mother believes that the care facilities have the right to kill patients. Sarah’s heard that since she was a child in the 20th century. Sarah, a single mother with her own children to care for, can’t afford to care for her mother too. But what if her mother is right? And if she is, how will Sarah ever know?
The Questing Mind: A Short Science Fiction Mystey
J. Reed Brasher knows someone is stealing his memories. He just can’t prove it. He’s 90 years old, and everyone blames the loss on age. But Brasher isn’t the kind of man who loses his mind to age. He’s losing it to something else. He must find out what that something else is before his mind is gone.
Chosen by Tangent Magazine as one of the top ten science fiction stories of 1998.
Flowers and the Last Hurrah
Colin hates his job at the online entertainment site, Gossip Hourly, but he does what he can to make money. And what he does involves clones of celebrities, although he doesn’t tell anyone that. Detective Frank Forino suspects, but can’t prove anything. So when Forino arrives at Hourly’s offices, asking for Colin’s help solving the murder of a clone, things can only get worse.
Secrets & Lies
The ten stories in this collection revolve around secrets, lies—and crime. Kristine Kathryn Rusch, called one of the best short story writers of her generation, has compiled ten of her best mystery stories into one volume. Here you’ll find cats who watch corpses decompose, a futuristic detective who lies for a living, and half a dozen others whose lives get touched by a mystery.
Extremes: A Retrieval Artist Novel
(5.00 from 1 review)
A Retrieval Artist dies of a virus, yet his colleague, Miles Flint, believes the death is not an accident. Police detective Noelle DeRicci knows that the death of a young woman in the Moon's prestigious Extreme Marathon is not an accident. It soon becomes clear that both deaths are connected.
The War and After: Five Stories of Magic and Revenge
The entire world convulsed in the middle of the 20th century. Everything changed—even the magical universe. From faerie to mages to wizards, the Second World War touched every life. The War And After explores the effect of the war on the magical world. Included are “Corpse Vision,” “Dark Corners,” “Subtle Interpretations,” “Judgment,” and “The Thrill of the Hunt.”
Five Diverse Detectives
Detectives come in all shapes and sizes. In Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s five-story collection they work the mean streets from a science fiction convention to the Moon to a filled with dragons. Stories included are “Blind”, “Discovery” (a Shamus-Award nominee), “Stomping Mad” (a Spade story), “Dragon Slayer”, and “The Retrieval Artist,” (A Hugo-Award nominee).
Five Goofy Science Fiction Stories
Readers know Hugo-award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch for her serious, deeply thought-out science fiction. But the former editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction also has a silly side, one in evidence in the five stories in this collection. “Paparazzi of Dreams,” “Going Native,” “Advisors at Naptime,” “The One That Got Away,” and “What Fluffy Knew.”
The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
In a universe where humans and aliens have formed a loose government called the Earth Alliance, treaties guarantee that humans are subject to alien laws when on alien soil. But alien laws often make no sense, and the punishments vary from loss of life to loss of a first-born child.
Five Mystery Stories
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, famous for her range as a writer, shows her amazing diversity in this collection of short mystery stories. From the examination of a crime scene in “The Moorhead House” to “Pudgygate,” a cat cozy. Rusch introduces her beloved Spade in “Stomping Mad,” shows off her political and historical background in “G-Men,” and touches the heart with “Scrawny Pete.”
Five Female Sleuths
Five different women—a CPA, a lawyer, an internet service provider, a bookstore owner, and a crime scene investigator—find themselves in the middle of crimes, crimes so personal that they threaten the women’s lives. Stories included are Edgar nominees “Cowboy Grace” and “Spinning,” Shamus nominee “Discovery,” and two stories others, “Patriotic Gestures,” and “Jury Duty.”
The Death of Davy Moss
TEEN IDOL DAVY MOSS DIED ALONE ON A MOUNTAIN ROAD. NO ONE EVER FOUND HIS BODY. Davy Moss died fifteen years ago, but his fans keep him alive. They “see” him everywhere. They hold reunions, listen to his music over and over again. They encourage him to haunt them. But Davy Moss already haunts one man. Josh Candless, the man Davy Moss became after that accident.
The Thrill of the Hunt: A Faerie Justice Story
Her family called her Hilda, before the war, before the Great Wulf murdered them all. Now the war is over, Europe is in ruin, and the remaining Nazis have scattered. Hilda hunts them, but really, she hunts him. Finally she tracks him to Argentina. She’s supposed to kill him, but she’s not sure if she can. She won’t know until they’re face to face, until it's time for one of them to die.
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