Green’s popular Eddie Drood series carries on in its expected clever, action-packed manner with a narrative more focused on moving the plot forward than usual. All of Green’s infectious inventiveness is here, as is the delightful Molly Metcalf and a few new allies and nemeses. As Eddie’s problems grow increasing frustrating for him, his usual flippant style begins to wane, which takes some of the fun out of things but is appropriate given the circumstances. Astute readers will be troubled by a plot thread that’s left dangling, but fans of Green’s madcap fantasies will enjoy the ride.

When Eddie Drood returns from a nightmarish limbo, he discovers achanged Drood Hall, one decimated by the death of their matriarch and depleted by the recent attack by the immortals. The family is being run by committee, and Eddie, who discovers a brewing satanic conspiracy that must be taken seriously, is feeling out of his depth, especially when one family member abdicates in favor of the bad guys, who just might bring down the Droods once and for all. (ROC, Jun., 384 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Carter