An extraordinary international bestseller from the Russian Neil Gaiman.
If it weren't for bad luck, Max Frei wouldn't have any luck at all.
A self-described twenty-something classic loser , an insomniac, hardened smoker, a glutton and a loafer, there's nothing much going for Max Frei...at least not until he arrives in the magical city of Echo. Summoned to the city by the head of the Department of Absolute Order, Sir Juffin Halli, Max's dreams are becoming a reality. But as with all dreams-come-true it's not quite the reality Max expected; he's about to become a secret agent, tasked to solve extravagant, impossible crimes with nothing but his wits and a handful of unexplained magical abilities to recommend him.
Max is going to be thrown into the fray - and he can't even have a cigarette first...