“BADGER IS FOR FANS OF TWISTED LOVE STORIES, A READ THAT WILL STAY WITH YOU LONG AFTER IT’S OVER, LIKE A BRUISE YOU CAN’T STOP PRESSING BECAUSE THE PAIN FEELS SO GOOD YOU DON’T WANT IT TO END.”
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF TEAR YOU APART
C.M. McKenna’s compelling voice has earned a devoted audience and multiple awards for her erotic fiction. Her page-turning literary debut, Badger, disturbs and titillates with the story of a recovering pill addict whose compulsive fascination with a Boston antihero spirals out of control.
Nearly twelve months sober, Adrian Birch feels like a nobody. But when her wrist is broken in a hit-and-run accident, she’s avenged by the Badger, a secretive street vigilante. Instantly obsessed, Adrian takes to staging suicide and constructing chance meetings to get his attention. Their resulting affair is harsh and needy, wrought with McKenna’s signature dark eroticism—until the connection gets out of hand and ignites the violent passions of the city.
Hailed for her “evocative,” “intense,” “deftly drawn,” and “engrossing” stories by reviewers at Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and Jezebel, McKenna now establishes herself as a rising star in neo-noir. Badger challenges the reader to imagine how an impulsive young man is killed, offering only the perspective of the fascinating and unreliable Adrian Birch.
Stay up all night.
Brain Mill Press is happy to announce the release of C.M. McKenna’s Badger. Badger is available in ebook and paperback wherever books are sold.
McKenna has been delighting readers for years with her incisive, psychology-first approach to characters that challenge every genre she’s written. Author of more than thirty books, a Golden Heart winner, Rita finalist, RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice winner, and a Cosmopolitan Magazine Red Hot Read, McKenna’s work has been recognized, lauded, and held responsible for readers’ late nights all over the world. Her characters have been called “deftly drawn” by Jezebel, and “evocative” by Publisher’s Weekly – her characters hit so hard, in fact, they are referred to by first name and delightedly discussed by her readers in every corner of social media.
Badger is a book that takes on the relatively new neo-noir school, where an author writes from the tradition of an established genre with significant transgression and a bent towards psychological suspense, plotting, and development. Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, rose out of the neo-noir tradition, as does author Roxane Gay. McKenna’s mastery of award-winning and transgressive erotic fiction are applied to Badger, with strong neo-noir twists that keep the focus on internal suspense, life-and-death-stakes, and roughly subvert any kind of happily-ever-after.
At its dark heart, Badger is about Adrian Birch, our unreliable, untrustworthy, unforgettable narrator. Adrian Birch can’t shake addiction or obsession, whether it’s drugs or a man any moral compass would suggest she leave in peace. Her actions are compelling, breathtaking, terrible, and final. In the end, as in the beginning, there is only Adrian Birch – and as a reader, this is the story and the ending of goosebumps, of fierceness, and of angry tears. You’ll stay up all night reading this McKenna, too, and then you’ll look around and feel like you see the world in Technicolor. In neo-noir there are no promises – except that you’ll keep turning the pages.