Expiration Date by Tim Powers
Paperback – Baen – May 2019 – 694 pages
Ghosts can be caught, and bottled, and sold. What’s more, a network of covert dealers services the addicts who inhale the things. And when a young boy named Kootie accidentally inhales the ghost of Thomas Edison, he finds that all the factions of Los Angeles’ occult underground are after him, determined to kill him and get Edison’s powerful ghost for themselves.
Aided by Edison’s confused and irascible ghost, Kootie flees and finds himself dodging perils natural and supernatural in the gritty alleys and trainyards of a Los Angeles that tourists never see.
From the slums of the L.A. River, to the abandoned Houdini mansion in the Hollywood Hills, to a final dramatic confrontation on the haunted ocean liner Queen Mary docked in Long Beach, Expiration Date is a heart-stopping supernatural adventure from one of fantasy fiction’s most original talents.