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King of the Cracksmen: A Steampunk Entertainment (Liam McCool) Paperback – Illustrated, January 27, 2015

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“Grabbed me from the opening explosion, and hurtled towards the conclusion far too quickly. When is the next one?!”
—Phil Foglio, co-creator of
Girl Genius

“Just when steampunk has started to run out of steam,
King of the Cracksmen arrives to inject a new level of inventiveness, action and sheer craziness into the genre.”
— K. W. Jeter, author of
Infernal Devices and Fiendish Schemes

“Rousingly violent, funny, sometimes shockingly profane.”
Kirkus (starred review)

“[O’Flaherty] draws upon both the kind of academic background that makes scholars sit up and take notice, yet it's hard not to figure him for the cyberpunk love child of Agatha Christie and William Gibson. . .
King of the Cracksmen is a multi-layered treat, and you're going to read it twice.”
Huffington Post

"There isn't much room to catch your metaphorical breath in
King of the Cracksmen. The plot steams ahead like one of the Acme robotic police that are patrolling O'Flaherty's alternate United States."
Summer Reading Project

"A lot of fun moments in this debut steampunk adventure."
Library Journal

About the Author

Dennis O’Flaherty is an author with several decades’ worth of film and television credits under his belt, including the Francis Ford Coppola–produced Hammett.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Night Shade; Illustrated edition (January 27, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1597805513
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1597805513
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.25 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

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Quit Harvard as a kid to join the Marine Corps, where I spent four years as a machine gunner, radioman and whatever came along, finishing (like Napoleon and other great men) as a Corporal. Returned promptly to Harvard, got a B.A. in Russian History, went on to Oxford, where I did a B.A. in Russian Literature at New College, and an M.A. and D.Phil. at St. Antony's College in Modern History (Russian) including a year in Moscow and Leningrad on the U.S. State Department Cultural Exchange Program.

From there on to California and USF Law School, from which I busted out after a couple of years and went to Hollywood and the picture business, where I toiled on the West Coast's Grub Street for many years, writing everything from film scripts (shared a Mystery Writers of America Edgar award with Ross Thomas for screenplay of Francis Coppola’s “Hammett”) to many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons (my favorite).

Moved to Arizona a few years ago for some peace and quiet and ended up slaving over a steampunk novel (go figure). Like steampunk even better than the Ninja Turtles and think I'll stick with it for a while.

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