Contemporary fantasy meets true crime when schools of ancient sorcery go up against the art of the long con in this dark coming-of-age novel from the author of The November Criminals.
Mike Wood is a teenager at a decidedly unprestigious Catholic school in Manhattan, accustomed to solving problems using brawn rather than brains.
One day, his nerdy classmate Hob Callahan persuades him to read a mysterious old book of unknown authorship, The Calendar of Slights. On the face of things, the book is a guide to performing clever card tricks; but in fact, it is a test for recruiting new members to join a secret cell of radical magicians.
Amazingly, Mike passes with flying colours unlocking not only his potential magic powers - but also the door to New York City's vast and hidden underground network of warlocks, sorcerers and mages.
Here, with Hob as his unlikely guide, Mike's role as a steadfast soldier begins. For there is a war being waged. A war between rivalling factions of magicians that has spanned the ages. A clandestine war against the establishment: a war against The Assholes.
Sam Munson is the author of the novels The November Criminals and The War Against the Assholes. His short fiction and criticism have appeared in n+1, Tablet, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The National, the Daily Beast, Commentary, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Observer, The Utopian and numerous other publications. He lives in New York City with his wife and son. For more news from Sam, visit sammunson.com