Three years after his last major adult novel, Charles de Lint returns with a
new tale of magic, loss, and redemption, his first book set in the Southwest.
Centered on a remarkable female protagonist and entirely self-contained, this
is a modern contemporary fantasy as invented band pioneered by de Lint
Altagracia—her friends call her Grace—has a tattoo of Nuestra
Señora de Altagracia on her shoulder; she's got a Ford Motor Company
tattoo running down her leg; and she has grease worked so deep into her hands
that'll never wash out.
Grace works at Sanchez Motor Works, customizing hot rods. A few blocks around
her small apartment building is all her world—from the grocery store
where she buys beans, tamales and cigarettes to the library, the little record
shop, and the Solona Music Hall. Which is where she meets John Burns, just
two weeks too late.
Grace and John fall for one another, and that would be wonderful, except that
they're both haunted by unfinished business. Before their relationship can be
resolved, they're both going to have to learn things they don't know about the
world of the living and the world beyond. About why it's necessary to let
some things go.
The Mystery of Grace is a hardcover.
The Mystery of Grace is now available in audio format & digital download from
and is also available from iTunes.
On another note, but still related to The Mystery of Grace, the first commercially
available merchandise from any of my books was produced (but is now sold out) in the form of T-shirts from
Sanchez Motorworks, the place where my main character Grace Quintero works and from Kathryn's Café. Lou Bank and
his team at Ten Angry Pitbulls put the design together.
I didn't make anything from the sale of the shirts. All profits went to PROTECT (the National Association to Protect Children), a national pro-child, anti-crime membership association, founded on the belief that our first and most sacred obligation as parents, citizens, and members of the human species is the protection of children from harm. You can read their full mission statement here:
If you ever find yourself on Battersfield Road in Lower Crowsea looking for good spirits—of all sorts—ask
one of the students to point you to Kathryn's Café. It's the center of the social world in town, although
it might as well be in another world. And if you never make it to Lower Crowsea...