Things are going all too well in the city of Quaint. So well, in fact, that something has to be done. The zeal for goodness can be catastrophic, and no-one knows this better than Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, two stalwart champions of all things bad.
For the innumerable citizens of Quaint, driven to neurotic distraction and overwhelmed with good living, desperation breeds nefarious bed-mates, and before long the two homicidal necromancers — and their beleagured and substance-addled manservant, Emancipor Reese — find themselves ensnared in a scheme to bring goodness into disrepute, if not utter ruination.
To Reese’s bemusement, laudable motivations are, in a bizarre twist, uncharacteristically relevant to Master Bauchelain, although, of course, the payment of a chest filled with gold helps.
Even so, sometimes, it turns out, one must bring down civilisation… in the name of civilisation.
Second in a series of novellas taking place in the Malazan Empire.
PS Publishing (UK)
Night Shade Books (US)
PS Publishing (UK) • Hornsea (2004) • hard cover • ISBN: 1-904619-09-6
PS Publishing (UK) • Hornsea (2004) • trade paperback • ISBN: 1-904619-08-8
Night Shade Books (US) • San Francisco (2007) • hard cover • ISBN: 1-59780-006-6