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Starter Villain

Inheriting your uncle's supervillain business is more complicated than you might think. Particularly when you discover who's running the place.

Charlie's life is going nowhere fast. A divorced substitute teacher living with his cat in a house his siblings want to sell, all he wants is to open a pub downtown, if only the bank will approve his loan.

Then his long-lost uncle Jake dies and leaves his supervillain business (complete with island volcano lair) to Charlie.

But becoming a supervillain isn't all giant laser death rays and lava pits. Jake had enemies, and now they're coming after Charlie. His uncle might have been a stand-up, old-fashioned kind of villain, but these are the real thing: rich, soulless predators backed by multinational corporations and venture capital.

It's up to Charlie to win the war his uncle started against a league of supervillains. But with unionized dolphins, hyper-intelligent talking spy cats and a terrifying henchperson at his side, going bad is starting to look pretty good.

In a dog-eat-dog a cat.

Audiobook available, read by Wil Wheaton

Starter Villain
by John Scalzi

  • Publication Date: September 19, 2023
  • Genres: Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • ISBN-10: 0765389223
  • ISBN-13: 9780765389220