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352 pages, Paperback
First published October 2, 2018
“When people have run out of food, and hope, and places to hide, do not be surprised if they have also run out of mercy.”
“Sometimes a man has to balance two evils in his hands and choose the lighter one.”
“There’s a comradeship in that, in drinking together and saying nothing, because no words need to be said.”
“Men who have been through Hell together tend to stay together, if they can.”
"I don’t want a fucking love spell," Bloody Anne snarled at him. "I’ve paid you silver for wisdom, so you’ll have the good grace to shut up and listen to the fucking question without interrupting me again or I’ll nail you to your door with your fucking rat, you understand me?"
Old Kurt stared at her for a moment, then laughed his thin, reedy old man’s laugh.
"That’s me told, ain’t it," he said. "I’ll listen, my fine lady. I’ll listen to you."
“One thing I have noticed in life is that the men who speak the most of honor are usually those who have the least of it.”
“I nodded, understanding. I didn’t know this Stone Father, but a god who had nothing better to worry about than who you might choose to fuck didn’t sound like he was worth much, to my mind.”
There was a devil in me, and all my crew knew it.
Harsh work, as I say, but we had done worse before.
Every one of us had done worse.
Our Lady doesn’t help. Not ever. She doesn’t answer prayers or grant boons or give a man anything at all, however hard he might pray for it.