Gritty, emotional and phenomenally imaginative, Blackmoore’s sophomore book is a pitch-perfect success. His story is delivered in the snappy, sarcastic yet heartwrenching style that defines the best noir narratives, and his hero is just the tough, scarred rebel to bring that story to life. In a world that blends cold reality with wonderfully inventive paranormal elements, readers are sure to get lost in Eric’s journey and enjoy every moment of the ride, emerging at the end hungry for more.
Eric Carter never asked to be a necromancer, but since he was born with the ability to see and talk with the dead, he’s tried to make the best of it. Since leaving L.A. 15 years ago, he’s made an excellent living putting spirits to rest. But when he learns his little sister has been brutally murdered, Carter has no choice but to return to the city he vowed never to see again and hunt down the killer — that is, if he lives long enough. L.A. is full of dangerous people, and some even more dangerous spirits, from ruthless gangsters to the patron saint of violent death. And they all have their eyes on Carter. (DAW, Feb., 256 pp., $7.99)