Monday, November 17, 2014

Delirium Book Review

Delirium (Debt Collector 1)

By Susan Kaye Quinn

What's your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely.

Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn't what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone--a dark pit he's not sure he'll be able to climb out of again.


When a person has more debt than their future productive contribution to society is, they get a visit from a debt collector. He is able to take the rest of the debtor’s life, which will then be transferred to someone who still can make long lasting contributions to society. Of course the collector gets to keep 10% as payment.

Lirium is a debt collector. He goes through life day to day doing his job, with no regrets. The collecting part gives a high, but during transfer, he loses that high and is brought down so low that it takes days to get over it. During this down time, he usually orders a lady for the night from Madam A. His latest girl though is more than she appears. She doesn’t seem to have the experience that she should, and Lirium calls her out on it. She then tells him that she needs his help. Does she really, or is she just setting him up to be robbed of the life force he carries?

This was a very short story but very intriguing. It makes you want to learn more about Lirium, and why he became a debt collector. I like the moral character in him, especially after meeting Tilly. The ending draws me in and I can’t wait to continue the series. 

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About the Author

Susan Kaye Quinn
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Her business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist" but she mostly sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.

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