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Product Details

  • Series: A Siobhan Quinn Novel (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451416538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451416537
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Red Delicious

"Gritty urban fantasy meets old-fashioned noir in this high octane sequel to Blood Oranges."—Publishers Weekly

"[A] rollicking good time...witty and snide and wonderfully awful."—Tor.com

"It feels great to be back in the world of Siobhan Quinn...The fast-paced, volatile and unpredictable nature of the story means there is never a dull moment."—The Bibliosanctum

Praise for Blood Oranges

"The New England setting is colorful and convincing, and Tierney populates it with a weird and splendid set of supernatural beings...A memorably exhilarating and engaging experience."—Kirkus Reviews

"An engagingly fresh perspective to well-trod territory...Colorful side characters and a fully realized setting make this a fast-paced series opener well worth checking out."—Publishers Weekly

"[Kiernan] has made it her business to turn the comfortable genres of imaginative fiction inside out. Now writing as Kathleen Tierney she introduces a heroine as fascinating and compelling as she is foul-mouthed and impatient."—Library Journal

"[A] fast-paced, profane, and combustive little thriller."—The Black Letters

About the Author

Kathleen Tierney is the pseudonym for Caitlin R. Kiernan, the author of nine novels, including Daughter of Hounds, The Red Tree, and The Drowning Girl. She is a four-time nominee for the World Fantasy Award, a three-time nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award, and a nominee for the Nebula Award. Trained as a vertebrate paleontologist, she currently lives in Rhode Island.

Customer Reviews

The writing is stylish and compelling.
J. Howard
If you liked Kiernan's earlier Rhode Island novel, Daughter of Hounds, chances are you'll enjoy this one too.
Phlogiston Warrior
First, the main character does not really grow in this book and, in fact, takes a step backward.
Lost in Denver

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha @ Not Yet Read on February 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
Red Delicious was, let me just tell you, sinfully delicious! I may have seriously enjoyed the first book, Blood Oranges, but oh boy, this character Quinn has solidified just how freaking radtastic she is in this second book.

I kid you not when I say I held an amused smirk for almost the entirety of the book, which I devoured in, oh I don't know less than 4 hours? Quinn isn't a heroine, or even an anti-heri, she is a no shame, all out for herself, unrepentant killer. And I freaking love her!!

In case you're just coming on the scene, this book has one of the best recaps in the opening pages I have ever read. Quinn is the narrator and she addresses the reader directly throughout the book. So she's laying it out on the line for you if in case you didn't already read the first book. And while you definitely WANT to read the first book, I don't think you have to. (But do it anyway ok? - OK)

She used to be a heroin junkie, but now she's a blood and guts junkie because not only is she a vampire, but she also turns furry during the full moon. That's right folks, she's a vampwolf, Wolfire - whatever the heck you want to call it, she's a vampire but also a werewolf cause she was unfortunate enough (or maybe fortunate hey hey?) to have been bitten by both of these nasties in the same night in the first book.

In Red Delicious, her boss has a job for her, find the missing sister of some debutante rich witch. But there is more going down than that obviously. She ends up running around all over the place, kicking major arse and getting hers kicked of course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Skaggs on February 9, 2014
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Those of us who have been patiently waiting for more of Quinn's undead afterlife on the mean streets of Providence couldn't be happier with the return of our foul-mouthed snarky take-no-prisoners-and-give-as-good-as-you-get punk rock werepire. All other slayers are poseurs! This story has as much of the hardboiled detective yarn and screwball comedy to it as urban fantasy, and that's definitely a plus in regards to the pacing and enjoyment of this installment. Once again populated with unforgettable characters, whip-crack dialog, and plenty of grimy atmosphere, CRK is inverting genre tropes and reader expectation in a gleeful metaesque fashion while also thoroughly embracing said details when necessary. This is a heist story gone terribly awry, as things tend to do in the underworld. But it's supernatural politics without all the angst-ridden boring conversations, and action which is realistic without being either too gory or merely blandly suggestive. Once again I find that Quinn is endearingly human despite her hybrid undead status, blunt regarding her weaknesses and mistakes as well as those she must deal with just to keep her head. She's my favorite antiheroine and I'll be sad when Cherry Bomb brings an end to her misadventures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth B. Soward on April 2, 2014
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I've been a fan of the author for a long time -- she normally writes what I would call dark fantasy, stories of pain and mystery where the answers are not easily discernible if they are provided at all -- and I love that the author has written some books (these Quinn books) that should appeal to folks who are fans of monster hunters or urban fantasy or whatever you want to call it. Main stream, you might say. The Quinn books are fun, and this one even tops the first one. Quinn is deliciously noncommittal, full of smart-assed pessimism which fuels her dry, dark sense of humor. I can only smile as I read along. The author is so damn good that she can simultaneously poke fun at the genre while doing a bang up job with it. I love the mythology, the dialogue, the action and surprises. Quinn isn't a character you can love, but she doesn't care whether you lover her or not. Love it.

The only issue I have with these books are the endings...I don't want to give out any spoilers, but the endings are just there and gone. Too fast and easy. In retrospect, the books do move fast, so I suppose it shouldn't be a big surprise.

In any case, Red Delicious is definitely worth your time and money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phlogiston Warrior on March 14, 2014
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I was born and grew up (a little) in Rhode Island. Ms Kiernan knows the geography. It's a good sign, and an important one, that an author knows what they are writing about. This book is not for the easily offended. It is vulgar, visceral, funny, tragic. It's a great character and a good mystery woven through a cast of low-life humans, vampires, werewolves, and venal trolls. Not that the main character isn't a low-life, too - she's a junkie trying to be ex. If you liked Kiernan's earlier Rhode Island novel, Daughter of Hounds, chances are you'll enjoy this one too. For me, both the characters and the location reminded me fondly of "the old country". It's good to know that there are still writers who live up to the name.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on February 16, 2014
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Red Delicious by Caitlín R. Kiernan, writing as Kathleen Tierney, is both the sequel to Blood Oranges, and the second volume in the Siobhan Quinn series. As far as sequels go, it is a worthy continuation of the first book, and its events pick up almost directly following the end of the first book.

Anybody expecting a slow start to the book will be immediately tossed into the deep end.The story begins with the confession of murder. To be more precise, Quinn; never call her Siobhan, people have died for that, introduces herself as such, no apologies, equivocation or beating around the bush. That's because Quinn not only killed the bush, she set it on fire and scattered its ashes for good measure. Substitute 'her enemies,' which is a catch-all for anyone who gets on her substantial bad side, with ‘bush’ and you've got an idea of the sort of life that Quinn leads.

Carrying the thread of genre mockery from Blood Oranges, Quinn disparages vampires who sparkle, spend too much time in New Orleans, the 'romantic werewolf' and in short, every monster made Byronic and tame by popular media.

The truth about monsters is foul, nasty and they will eat you up if you're not careful. Quinn’s own cautionary tale is a convincing case for the universe having it in for her. She killed a ghoul, then a vampire and was recruited to work for the dapper and frustratingly unforthcoming Mr. B, middleman for the supernatural set. Then Quinn screwed up and was bitten by a lycanthrope and the Bride of Quiet (a powerful vampire.) She managed to save her bacon with the loan of a magical 'doodad,’ killed of the Bride along with a few werewolves and resumed working with Mr. B.

Flash forward 6 months.
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