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Discover the adventures of Fetch Phillips, the protagonist of The Last Smile in Sunder City and Dead Man in a Ditcha former soldier turned PI who tries to help the fantasy creatures whose lives he's ruined in a world that's lost its magic.


I'm Fetch Phillips, just like it says on the window. There are a few things you should know before you hire me:
1. Sobriety costs extra.
2. My services are confidential - the cops can never make me talk.
3. I don't work for humans.

It's nothing personal - I'm human myself. But after what happened, Humans don't need my help. Not like every other creature who had the magic ripped out of them when the Coda came...

I just want one real case. One chance to do something good.

Because it's my fault the magic is never coming back.


Praise for The Last Smile in Sunder City

"This off-piste detective story set in a magical world, now in meltdown, has verve and charm in abundance and a rough diamond hero with quite a story to tell.In short, an actor's dramatic voice has found a pen which can write" - Andrew Caldecott, author of Rotherweird

"The first instalment of an effortlessly readable series that could be the illegitimate love child of Terry Pratchett and Dashiell Hammett" - Kirkus

"[A] standout debut . . . winningly combining the grit of Chinatown with the quirky charm of Harry Potter, this series opener is sure to have readers coming back for more" - Publishers Weekly


About the author

Luke Arnold, author of The Last Smile in Sunder City and Dead Man in a Ditch

Luke Arnold was born in Australia and has spent the last decade acting his way around the world, playing iconic roles such as Long John Silver in the Emmy-winning Black Sails and his award-winning turn as Michael Hutchence in the INXS mini-series Never Tear Us Apart. When he isn't performing, Luke is a screenwriter, director, novelist and ambassador for Save the Children Australia.

  • The Last Smile in Sunder City - Luke Arnold

    Fetch Phillips fought on the wrong side of a war between humans and magical creatures. Now he works on the streets of Sunder City, taking what odd jobs he can while trying to help those whose lives he ruined. His first case is to find a the missing Professor Rye, a four-hundred-year-old vampire. In a world without magic, most vamps have already crumbled into dust, but Fetch is happy to go looking for some dirt with pointed teeth if it gets him his drinking money. Then, when a young siren disappears, Fetch finds out that this dark world still hides some monsters - and he'd better clean up his act before they come into the light.

  • Dead Man in a Ditch - Luke Arnold

    Fetch Philips has nothing left to believe in. Which is why he's surprised when the people of Sunder City start to believe in him... Rumour has it that Fetch is only one who can bring magic back into the world. So when a man is murdered in a way that can only be explained as magical, Fetch is brought in on the case. A case which just might unearth things best left buried...

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