The Wild Dead

Mysteries and murder abound in the sequel to Carrie Vaughn’s post-apocalyptic mystery Bannerless.

A century after environmental and economic collapse, the people of the Coast Road have rebuilt their own sort of civilization, striving not to make the mistakes their ancestors did. They strictly ration and manage resources, including the ability to have children. Enid of Haven is an investigator, who with her new partner Teeg is called on to mediate a dispute between households over an old building in a far-flung settlement at the edge of Coast Road territory. The investigators’ decision seems straightforward—and then the body of a young woman turns up in the nearby marshland. Almost more shocking than that: she’s not from the Coast Road, but from one of the outsider camps, belonging to the nomads and wild folk who live outside the Coast Road communities. Now one of them is dead, and Enid must find out who killed her.

In a dystopian future of isolated communities, can our moral sense survive the worst hard times?

Cover Designer: Mark Robinson
ISBN: 9780544947313
Format: Trade Paperback / Ebook
Publicity Contact: Taryn Roeder <>

About the Author

Carrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of the Kitty Norville series, as well as the superhero novels Dreams of the Golden Age and After the Golden Age, the young adult novels Voices of Dragons and Steel, and the fantasy novel Discord’s Apple. Her Hugo Award-nominated short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, from Lightspeed to, as well as in George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Learn more at


An intriguing mystery made compelling by its post-apocalyptic setting. The characters are intensely human and relatable, but different enough that you know you’re not reading about the neighbors—another great read from Vaughn.

—S.M. Stirling, New York Times bestselling author of The Sky-Blue Wolves and Dies the Fire