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ISBN: 9781597805131
Published: 04/15/2014

Lutie always wanted a pet ghost—but the devil’s in the details.

The Sarrazins have always stood apart from the rest of their Bayou-born neighbors. Almost as far as they prefer to stand from each other. Blessed—or cursed—with the uncanny ability to see beyond the spectral plane, Aurie has raised his children in the tradition of the traiteur, folk healers who find wayward spirits and release them along deadroads into the afterworld. Fractured by clashing egos, the family drifted apart, scattered like seeds across the continent.

Tragedy serves to bring them together again. Aurie, investigating a series of ghastly (and ghostly) murders, is killed by a devil. His three children are thrown headlong into the mystery: Sol, EMT by day and traiteur by night; Baz, a traveling musician with a truly spiritual voice; and Lutie, combating eerie visions with antipsychotics. But their struggles with gory spirits, brilliant angels, and nefarious demons are small potatoes compared to reconciling their familial differences.

From the Louisiana swamps to the snowfields of the Great Plains and everywhere in between, Deadroads summons you onto a mysterious trail of paranormal proportions.

"Deadroads is an amusement park of the undead: ghosts, killers (and killed), demons abound. Robin Riopelle remembers to keep the dark fantasy nice and dark."
—Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist

"Moves deftly between the flashbacks of three children growing up in southern swampland (here Bayou Country in the 1990s) and contemporary scenes of the hunt for an uncanny serial killer [...] Riopelle knows what she's doing."
—Faren Miller, Locus

"Vividly drawn [...] maintains a nice pace with more than a few surprises along the way."
Monsters & Critics

"Entertaining, its mystery compelling, but it was also far more emotionally complex than I’d expected [...] If you enjoy supernatural fantasy and a good ghost story then Robin Riopelle’s debut Deadroads should suit you to a tee"
A Fantastical Librarian

"...a vivid, languorous, chilling tale of the supernatural."
—Linda Poitevin, author of the Grigori Legacy series

“A ghost story more haunting than most, about a family more haunted than most. […] Dangerously easy to sink into.”
—Kate Heartfield, writer and editor