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Title: City of the Lost
Author: Stephen Blackmoore
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Kindle digital edition
Joe Sunday, low life thug for hire, does a job and is killed because of it. He is resurrected by the man who killed him. What follows is a whole lot of pulp noir with magic.
A wizard who wants to live forever. His scorned girlfriend. Joe Sunday, zombie PI and some do gooder of a witch who just wants to help all the poor little vampires who have bad diseases from feeding on other lowlifes.
Everything revolves around a magic stone. Serious as serious can be.
The first 10% of this book was so filled with profanity that not only did I create a new shelf labeled “Profanity” but was about to dnf it. I don’t need this kind of *&^%$#@! in my reading life! If you don’t get that, please look up “irony” in the dictionary. However, after that 10% mark, it just dropped off. I have no idea why or what caused the initial vomital sludge but it did stop being an issue.
It did set the tone for the book though.
I am not a fan of pulp noir. Detectives and thugs who are as bad as the ones they are crossing are not the kind of character I really like to read about. I am also not a fan of urban fantasy [with a few exceptions], so this mash up was pretty much the worst of both worlds for me.
It was engaging enough that I did want to know how it ended and I finished this. However, I’ll probably be avoiding future works by Mr. Blackmoore on general principle.