The Silverberg Business

Preorders available from Small Beer Press.

Release date August 23, 2022.

Cover art by Jon Langford.

In 1888, Shannon, a Chicago private detective, goes home to Galveston for a wedding. While there, the new rabbi asks him to find a missing man. The man, Nathan Silverberg, had met with a group allegedly seeking money to found colony of Romanian Jewish refugees. The swindlers, the money, and Silverberg have all disappeared.

What seems to be a simple job soon pushes Shannon into stranger territory. His investigations lead him toward a malevolent white-haired gambler, monstrous sand dune totems, and a group of skull-headed poker players trapped in an endless loop of cards and alcohol, who may be his only means to survive the business.

Early reader reactions

“Robert Freeman Wexler never fails to knock me out, and The Silverberg Business hits like a hurricane—there’s strangeness and beauty on every page. The novel is that rare thing, a weird western that’s truly weird, set in a Texas that’s simultaneously gritty, violent, and real, yet soaked in myth. Don’t miss this.” — Daryl Gregory, author of Revelator.