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BURN ME DEADLY
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Bledsoe gives a nod to Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly, which also begins with a doomed hitchhiker. But this superb whodunit takes place in an action-packed fantasy world. The hard-boiled hero has a wit that's as sharp as his sword, and he doesn't mind killing the bad guys. Fans of detective stories and heroic fantasy should add Bledsoe to their must-read list.
Freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse can be hired for 25 gold pieces a day. He's returning from a job when his horse is spooked by an injured woman in his path. Eddie offers her a ride, but they don't get very far. Ambushed by a group of thugs, they're left for dead, but a good samaritan rescues him, and Eddie wakes up in the moon goddess hospital with girlfriend Liz at his side. Now he's out for payback but has few clues -- and the more he learns, the more people die.
(TOR, Nov., 320 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Gail Pruszkowski
Published: November 2009