"The Skull Cage Key" is a dark erotic speculative fiction with a powerful thriller kick. This is a compelling debut that announces Michel Marriott as an important new voice in science fiction. Set in mid-21st century Harlem, this is a story of conspiracy, decadence, and high-tech designer drug crime, which will also stir readers to think deeper about our own era and its troubles and promises. Marriott has created a fast moving, thought-provoking novel that calls to mind not only genre masters like William Gibson and Phillip K. Dick, but also the speculative works of Walter Mosley, Haruki Murakami, and Michel Houllebecq.
Michel Marriott has written for numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Newsweek and The New York Times, where he was a staff reporter for 19 years. He is now a journalism professor at Baruch College, The City University of New York. "The Skull Cage Key" (Agate Bolden; $15 Trade Paperback Original; May, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-932841-30-5).