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  • Posted August 28, 2012

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    In Stephen Blackmoore┬┐s City of the Lost, we have a gritty, noir

    In Stephen Blackmoore’s City of the Lost, we have a gritty,
    noir-inspired tale set in modern Los Angeles. Joe Sunday is a common
    thug for hire who gets sent on a job that gets him killed. Fortunately
    the story doesn't end there. The target brings Joe back, into a sort of
    zombie-ish unlife which brings Joe face to face with the hidden
    underworld of the City of Angels’ magic population; vampire drug
    addicts, ghosts, demons and devils, and wizards and witches. The story
    weaves several perspectives together cleanly, from a cop with a hidden
    agenda to an ambitious club owner, a woman whose sordid past reveals
    revenge on the highest order and a witch social worker. Mr. Blackmoore’s
    ability to keep tabs on these many sub-plots is like an IRS agent doing
    an audit, he knows where it all adds up. The story is fast paced and a
    quick thrill ride of fun. There are definitely some enjoyable scenes
    that are not only comical but downright violently entertaining. This
    book is certainly not for the faint of heart but at the same time it
    isn’t gory or violent for violence sake. Blackmoore runs this story from
    the protagonist’s perspective and, after all, he is a street thug. It
    has just the right amount of detail for the comic-horror this tale is;
    think Evil Dead, some dark comedy and funny but gross violence and
    you’ve got it. The writing is easy on the eyes, allowing the reader to
    immerse themselves into the story quickly and happily. I think it’s only
    real downfall is that it’s too quick a read. There was a lot of good
    story here and I think it shirked a little on stretching out some
    details and adding deeper filler. Joe Sunday isn’t the smartest but he
    does have a certain sense of street wisdom and experience that I will
    credit the character but in the story we’re dealing with several
    characters that have had far more experience putting together plots,
    schemes, and plans with more available resources than Joe Sunday that
    ultimately made the story shallower than I would expect. I did like
    the book, it was fun and it was enjoyable, and it’s definitely a page
    turner. The description is spot on and relevant, the characterization
    isn’t deep or profound but, as I mentioned, it is very noir inspired so
    the characters are notable and quirky and interesting enough to spend
    time with. It’s a fun read that I would compare to books like Sandman
    Slim by Richard Kadrey or Double Dead by Chuck Wendig, you’ll get solid
    entertainment that is hard to pass up.

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