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Thomas Knowles A note from Tom Knowles, publisher of DarkStar Books to the fans of Robert Asprin:

NO Quarter isn't exactly Bob Asprin's last book—there are others forthcoming from outlines and partials—but it is the last book he completed, wrote through from beginning to end. It's also unique, for two reasons:
First, Bob's friends and those fans who got to meet him at conventions and filks will easily recognize his only somewhat fictionalized self portrait in the character of the mysterious, pool-playing fencing master and wise man/wise guy known as Maestro. Bob often put his personal philosophy into the mouths of his lead character, but to create NO Quarter and Maestro, he anted up a bit his soul.
Second, NO Quarter is a suspense novel that is a crossover/spin-off from a fantasy series—something that has not, to my knowledge, ever been accomplished before by any author. Although the minor fantasy and horror elements (voodoo, tarot readings and precognition, ghosts) are peripheral to the plot, it is set in the same milieu as Bob's Dragon's Luck and Dragons Wild novels. Fans of that series will already be familiar with NO Quarter's two protagonists, Maestro and Bone, as well as other denizens of NO Quarter's dangerous and clannish French Quarter, from their minor roles in the strange life of Griffen McCandles, the Dragon gambler.
NO Quarter is, if not unique, remarkable in other ways as well.
Bob planned this novel with Eric Del Carlo after they met and became friends in the French Quarter. They alternated chapters, Bob writing Maestro's viewpoint, Eric writing Bone's. What shines through both writers' prose is a love for the old French Quarter that existed before Katrina came—a love that neither excuses nor attempts to conceal that city-within-a-city's faults, dangers, and disappointments.
Maestro's chapters are classic Asprin, this because Maestro is the classic Asprin hero … just written a bit darker, more Thieves World than Myth Adventures. The inimitable Asprin humor is there, and the tension between student and mentor, and the journey of self-discovery that both take during the course of a friendship. Bone's chapters, written in Eric's distinctive voice, offer an acerbic contrast that works to complement and highlight Asprin's Maestro. The two characters, as did the two writers, work well together and push each other in new directions.
When Bill Fawcett offered the book to DarkStar, Bob and Eric had brought it to a third-draft level. Because both authors had other commitments, Bob had suggested that author Teresa Patterson, who was familiar with the French Quarter and its culture, and who had been a long-time friend of Bob and myself, give the book its final polish to smooth out the rough spots. We signed the contract ... and then, not long after, Robert Asprin—my friend and a friend to just about everyone who met him—closed his eyes for the last time.
Despite that sad occurrence, we continued the project and pushed it to completion. Eric and Teresa's edits and refinements resulted in a novel that I believe is a fitting tribute to our friend, Bob Asprin. DarkStar published it in a quality trade paperback edition in November 2009.
Because the major chain stores are deadly serious about categories, you'll likely find NO Quarter in the Mystery section instead of the SF/F section beside Bob's other books—but make no mistake, it's an Asprin book, and in my opinion, one of his finest works.


Thomas Knowles Many Goodreads members have responded to the giveaway for Robert Asprin's NO Quarter and many of you have noted an intent to read it--thank you! Does anyone have any questions about the book or about DarkStar Books?


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