By Robert Asprin
Skeeve resides huge because the president and founding father of M.Y.T.H. Inc., a co-op of magik consultants-until his demon cohort, Aahz, resigns and leaves in a huff. Now Skeeve reveals himself within the lacking Pervect's domestic size, the worst local within the galaxy.
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