Readers new to Stross’ Lovecraftian world, where nasty things lurk around every corner, will have no trouble dropping right into this third installment of The Laundry Files. The action stays at a high pitch from start to finish without sacrificing character development, and the carefully crafted plot seamlessly weaves mystery and horror elements into a tasty stew that will certainly leave fans old and new longing for another helping.

Demonologist Bob Howard is in trouble when his boss disappears along with a classified document, The Fuller Memorandum. Bob must learn the truth about the missing file and figure out what role Russian spies play in all of this to stop the followers of a demonic cult from unwittingly setting loose unimaginable horrors upon the world. (ACE, Jul. 304 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Carter