Once again, author, screenwriter and comic book scribe Neil Gaiman tackles the seedy underworld of contemporary America. However, this time he does so through the pages of his latest novel AMERICAN GODS. Perhaps best known for his award-winning DC Comics' title SANDMAN, the British-born writer has crafted a novel described as mythic in dimension and heroic in spirit.
The story focuses on Shadow, who, after just being released from a three-year prison term, discovers that his wife, Laura, has been killed in a car crash. On the way to her funeral, he meets an unusual businessman who offers him a vague yet enticing job. No sooner does Shadow accept the assignment than he finds himself swept into a journey through the heart of the country a trip that takes him to places strange yet familiar, and where he meets people as weird, welcoming, and threatening as America itself.
While the novel itself will be available in bookstores on June 19, a cyber-version of AMERICAN GODS as well as STARDUST, SMOKE AND MIRRORS, and Gaiman's first novel NEVERWHERE will be published by PerfectBound (the e-book imprint of HarperCollins) on July 3. The e-books will be available in Gemstar, MS Reader, and Adobe EBR formats.