Doubleday, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
hile fantasy is not my favorite genre, I have to admit Daniel Polansky's first novel,
, caught my attention from the first page.
his new kid in town sure can write. He has conjured up a story that will have the reader spellbound. Be prepared. This is not a frothy tale full of light and wonderful happenings.
t has drug dealings (in fact, the protagonist
is a drug dealer sampling his own wares), brothels, and dirty politicians as well as corrupt police. Throw in a sprinkling of sorcery and you have the basis for a noir fantasy that will keep you spell-bound – literally.
itualistic murders of children hold the inhabitants of Low Town in fear, and dead bodies litter the ground wherever
travels in this downtrodden town that has not yet recovered from the plague. What next?
won't tell. Can't spoil a really good plot with hints. Seems to me, though, that no one in this town can be trusted. No one. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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