Murder never rests and neither do they…
Used to the unusual and strange, Hetty and Benjy Rhodes are barely taken aback by any case that comes to their door. But nothing is as peculiar as a case where the answers, motives, and even the murder are bit a too perfect.
Such a case involved Raimond Duval, a teacher found dead following one of the many suspicious fires that have erupting recently in Philadelphia. His death is declared a tragic accident and the investigation points to a powerful Fire Company known to let homes in the Black community burn to the ground – particularly when they’re connected to the growing magic rights movement.
It’s only when Raimond Duval’s son is found dead that Hetty and Benjy become suspicious that there might be more to the previous case than they thought before. And so they renew their investigation. The search for information sends Hetty and Benjy chasing after ghosts. Ghosts that flit through underground tunnels. Ghosts who leave clues and hidden messages in plain sight. And ghosts from their own past that just can’t seem to die….
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Praise For The Conductors
Inventively mixing mystery, magic, and alternate history…Readers will be surprised but gratified by an ending that shows just how past actions inform the present in unexpected ways. Glover is a writer to watch.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“The Conductors is a seamless blending of magic, mystery, and history, creating power and wonder with its rarefied glimpse of Black life in the late 1800s. The Vigilance Society and the magic-wielding couple at the core of this story are a welcome addition to the growing chorus of voices in Black speculative fiction. Glover’s worldbuilding, characters, and attention to historical detail create a delightfully genre-bending debut!”
—Tananarive Due, American Book Award winner, author of Ghost Summer: Stories
“Community dynamics mixed with a magical alternate Reconstruction-era mystery. The Conductors has all the elements I was looking for in a good story.”
—Mary Robinette Kowal, Hugo Award–winning author of The Calculating Stars
“An Underground Railroad—but with magic. With compelling characters and wondrous worldbuilding, Glover weaves a tangled mystery of murder, spellwork, and freedom amid the remnants of slavery’s lingering memories.”
—P. Djèlí Clark, Nebula Award–winning author of Ring Shout
“Nicole Glover blends historical detail and magical elements into an unforgettable debut. The Conductors is a wholly original and thoroughly riveting story. This is no doubt the first of many brilliant books to come.”
—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times best-selling author of A Murderous Relation
“With The Conductors, Nicole Glover creates a fascinating world where even magic is segregated. She effortlessly weaves both the constellation-based magical system and the real life struggles of being Black in post–Civil War America. The characters, led by former Underground Railroad conductors Hetty and Benjy Rhodes, are as intriguing as the mystery. It’s hard to believe this is Glover’s first book. I found it as enchanting as one of Hetty’s spells.”
—Kellye Garrett, winner of the Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty awards and author of Hollywood Homicide and Hollywood Ending
“The Conductors is a conjured novel. Reimagining a past that helps us navigate our present, it weaves a rich tapestry of history and magic to create a story of resilience and resistance through the power of Black girl magic. It’s the perfect book for our times.”
—Maurice Broaddus, author of Pimp My Airship
“The Conductors is a wildly inventive alternate history that combines compelling characters, a propulsive plot, and lots of intrigue. It is also radical as hell. Thought-provoking and powerful, Glover’s novel is a must-read.”
—Cadwell Turnbull, author of The Lesson