|Before she was a best-selling novelist, Lauren Beukes wore such hats as documentary filmmaker, television showrunner, and graphic novel writer. She has received numerous accolades for her work, with her 2010 novel Zoo City winning the Arthur C. Clarke award for best novel in 2011. Lauren delivers yet again with Broken Monsters, a tale of “broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people” that begins with Detective Gabriella Versado finding a fused-together body composed of equal parts boy and deer. As more and more disturbing bodies are found, Gabriella, her persistent journalist daughter Layla, and a man just trying to keep his homeless family safe, all experience what it’s like to live in forlorn Detroit when monsters of all types come to visit.||
Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?
If you're Detective Versado's geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you're desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you're Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you'll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe--and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.
If Lauren Beukes's internationally bestselling The Shining Girls was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her Broken Monsters is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.
About the Author
Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics and screeplays. She's the author of the critically-acclaimed international best-seller, The Shining Girls, about a time traveling serial killer, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical Joburg noir which won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, the neo political thriller, Moxyland. She worked as a journalist and as show runner on one of the South Africa's biggest animated TV shows, directed an award-winning documentary and wrote the New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.