Revealing Even Though I Knew the End, a Fantasy Noir From C. L. Polk

A magical detective dives into the affairs of monsters to secure a future with the love of her life…

World Fantasy Award winner C. L. Polk casts magic over mid-century Chicago in Even Though I Knew the End, an extraordinary fantasy noir—arriving November 8, 2022 with Tordotcom Publishing.

“Stylish supernatural noir with a heart and a thrumming pulse. I devoured it.” —Laini Taylor

C. L. Polk turns their considerable powers to a fantastical noir. A magical detective dives into the affairs of Chicago’s divine monsters to secure a future with the love of her life. This sapphic period piece will dazzle anyone looking for mystery, intrigue, romance, magic, or all of the above.

An exiled augur who sold her soul to save her brother’s life is offered one last job before serving an eternity in hell. When she turns it down, her client sweetens the pot by offering up the one payment she can’t resist—the chance to have a future where she grows old with the woman she loves. To succeed, she is given three days to track down the White City Vampire, Chicago’s most notorious serial killer. If she fails, only hell and heartbreak await.

Cover art by Mark Smith; Design by Christine Foltzer

C. L. Polk (they/them) wrote the Kingston Cycle, beginning with the World Fantasy Award winning novel Witchmark. Their standalone novel, The Midnight Bargain, was a Canada Reads, Nebula, Locus, Ignyte, and World Fantasy Award finalist. They have been a film extra, a costermonger, and identified lepidoptera before settling down to write fantasy novels. Mx. Polk lives in the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, and the Métis Nation (Region 3).

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