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Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim Series #4)

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Getting out of hell is just the beginning

What do you do after you've escaped Hell, and then gone back, uncovered the true nature of God, and then managed to become the new Lucifer?

Well, if you're James Stark, you have to figure out how to run Hell while also trying to get back out of it (again). Plus there's the small matter of surviving. Because everyone in Heaven, Hell, and in between wants to be the ...

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Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim Series #4)

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Overview

Getting out of hell is just the beginning

What do you do after you've escaped Hell, and then gone back, uncovered the true nature of God, and then managed to become the new Lucifer?

Well, if you're James Stark, you have to figure out how to run Hell while also trying to get back out of it (again). Plus there's the small matter of surviving. Because everyone in Heaven, Hell, and in between wants to be the fastest gun in the universe, and the best way to do so is to take down Lucifer, a.k.a. James Stark.

And it's not like being in L.A. is any better—a serial killer ghost is running wild, Stark's angelic alter ego is hiding among the lost days of time with a secret cabal who can rewrite reality, and starting to care for people and life again is a real bitch for a stone-cold killer.

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Editorial Reviews

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You're not supposed to return from Hell, but that seems to be the specialty of magician/hitman James Stark. Not content to pull the ultimate just once, he's intent on performing it twice. To complete his mission, however, he will have to outrun one serial killer ghost and a whole hoard of miscreants aiming to rewrite reality. Brace yourself, Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim is loose again! Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
The fourth volume (after Aloha from Hell) in Kadrey’s saga featuring sarcastic antihero James Stark (aka Sandman Slim) is the most irreverent, darkly comedic, and downright cool installment to date. Stark, a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed “monster who kills monsters,” isn’t exactly enjoying his new gig as Lucifer. Although the role has some perks, like a bad-ass motorcycle and tough satanic armor, it also makes him the prime target for power-hungry denizens of Hell. After managing to get back to L.A. and the girl he left behind, Stark must somehow stop a ghost from unraveling reality while figuring out who he really is. Powered by Kadrey’s twisted wit and distinctive narrative voice, this novel is replete with memorable lines, images, and pop culture references. While the existential and spiritual speculation isn’t quite as strong as in earlier books, the action-packed and bombshell-laden blend of dark fantasy, crime fiction, and Hellish sitcom is utterly readable. Agent: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown. (Sept.)
io9.com
“A hell of a good time”
Suspense magazine
“Full of action, wit, and suspense, this grabbed a hold of me and wouldn’t let go. Kadrey is a master storyteller (overused, I know, but very apt) and he will have you rooting for him in Hell and on Earth.”
Austin Chronicle on Aloha From Hell
“Kadrey’s prose is raw and gutter-tough, Raymond Chandler meets Lux Interior at the Whisky a Go Go at the end of days.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“A sharp-edged urban fantasy, drenched in blood and cynicism, tipping its hat to Sam Peckinpah, Raymond Chandler and the anti-heroes of Hong Kong cinema. Kadrey brings it off through the propulsive force of Stark’s in-your-face, first-person, present-tense narration. It’s a bravura performance.”
Locus
“…endlessly inventive and high-octane…Kadrey’s an excellent writer who’s able to juggle all of it without dropping a single pin.”
SF Site
“His best work yet. . . . Kadrey tells his story in a swirl of tight, darkly intense prose. . . . Sandman Slim is very, very good indeed.”
Booklist
“Paced like greased lightning (watch out for friction burns on your turning finger), blend the movie-ish delights of tough guy noir and such smart-mouthgore-fests as “Reanimator” and “Army of Darkness”, seasoned by soupcons of Gaimanian romanticism and Koontzian sentiment.”
Lincoln Star Journal
“Kadrey’s tale lives on a tightrope, but the author nails the right balance of detective fiction and theological fantasy, seriousness and humor, pathos and absurdity.”
Miami Herald
“Dark, sarcastic and irreverent.”
Miami Herald on Sandman Slim
“Sarcastic, irreverent and ridiculously enjoyable riff on the Urban Fantasy genre. … a lot like a mosh pit -- rough, exuberant, unpredictable -- and a heck of a lot of fun.”
Library Journal
James Stark, also known as Sandman Slim, is trying to break out of Hell—for the second time. This go-round, however, no one wants Stark to leave because he has become Hell's leader after killing Lucifer. Not everybody, however, is happy with the new regime, and Stark faces assassins and traitors wherever he goes. When he manages to return to Los Angeles, a place not too different from Hell, he realizes that a ghostly serial killer is threatening those he cares about. VERDICT The fourth outing for Kadrey's antihero (Sandman Slim; Kill the Dead; Aloha from Hell) provides a never-ending supply of violence, mayhem, romance, and macabre humor that should please series fans. [Previewed in Kristi Chadwick's Genre Spotlight feature "Hungry for SF," LJ 8/12.—Ed.]
Library Journal
If you've been following the Sandman Slim novels, you'll know that James Starker, aka Sandman Slim, managed to break out of hell and has since done time in a very unlovely Los Angeles. Now he's back in Hell as the new Lucifer, ready for another breakout. When Cory Doctorow calls this movie-bound series "wryer-than-wry and violenter-than-violent," you know the audience. With a 75,000-copy first printing.
Bookgasm
“Allow me to both love this series for its feel of crossing hard-boiled crime pulp with H.P. Lovecraftian fantasy, and hate the author for being so damn good at it.”
Cory Doctorow
“Richard Kadrey continues to knock them way the hell out of the park.”
John Scalzi
“Richard Kadrey’s ‘Sandman Slim’ series is one of my favorite sets of fantasy books from the last few years.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062094575
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Series: Sandman Slim Series , #4
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,155,992
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Kadrey

New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey has published nine novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, Dead Set, Butcher Bird, and Metrophage. He has been immortalized as an action figure, his short story "Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye" was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award, and his novel Butcher Bird was nominated for the Prix Elbakin in France. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco, California.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I really enjoy these books, but the publisher seems to have ma

    I really enjoy these books, but the publisher seems to have made an ugly mistake. There is a section of the book missing which makes the story nearly unreadable.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    I love the series, but...

    Missing pages and repeating the last few bits of the book, that is just sloppy, until this gets fixed I don't believe it would be smart to purchase eanything else by this publisher.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    the digital copy of this book is missing pages and has repeated

    the digital copy of this book is missing pages and has repeated chapters and as much as I enjoy the madness that is the sandman slim series not having a full book is a real deal breaker

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Missing pages

    When i got to the middle of the book i felt like i had missed something. So i went to the book store and found the hard copy and discovered that 137 pages were missing, pages 148 to 285. I was dissappointed to say the least. Im not sure if this is a nook issue or the ebook publisher, but im going back to BandN tomorrow and hope they can remedy this. I love the Sandman Slim series and this ebook snafu is making me rethink if buying an ereader was such a good idea.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Still broken

    Even after the archive unarchive trick this book is still broken. I have really enjoyed it up until this point but what the hell? How does a publisher screw this up?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Couldnt wait to read this book but it's messed up.

    Missing about 70 pages in the middle. I didnt understand until almost finished with book though. Talk about ruining it... I waited 2 weeks for this to come out.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Witty and sac religious

    This book is fun, gritty, darkly witty, and sac religious. A must read for the misanthrope.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    If you archive and unarchive your book it will be all fixed. Th

    If you archive and unarchive your book it will be all fixed. The BOOK IS FIXED. :) Just wanted to make sure that was posted so readers know. It's COMPLETELY worth the read. Awesome.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    Continues the saga of James Stark started in "Sandman Slim&

    Continues the saga of James Stark started in "Sandman Slim". This novel is effectively two novellas - the first part takes place in Hell, where Sandman Slim is the new Satan, and has to not only figure out how Hell functions but then make the system serve his needs. The second part transpires when he returns to LA, where he confronts more supernatural challenges, with familiar companions from the earlier books. You'll want to read the series in order, to be able to follow the various plots and subplots, but the creativity and non-stop action that were present in the prior books continue in this one. Aside from the original and creative ideas, and flawed but engaging characters, if I could have a superpower, it would be to craft metaphors like Richard Kadrey does in this outstanding (and continuing) series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Love the series

    One of my favorite series when I just want a quick and entertaining story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Burststar

    Falls asleep

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Undecided

    Entertaining, addictive, & fun! Not great like the first three books in the series but still very good! Was hard to put down! Felt like two great books rushed & put together to make one book that still turned out good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Love it

    Read it less than 24hrs. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    This guy is cool

    Sandman Slim makes being bad so cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    M

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Great

    Excellent series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Pretty sub-standard

    Was disappointed

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2012

    I'am a new but ( possibly ) devoted fan of this series . Sandm

    I'am a new but ( possibly ) devoted fan of this series . Sandman Slim is full of all the qualities i look for in a hero, Fast paced enough to keep me looking forward to each and every word. This sick,sad,funny and supper entertaining series is a great read. Thanks Mr. Kadrey marasmother

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Okay, but the earlier books were better

    Not sure if he was rushed to finish this, but it seems half done. Still entertaining.

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  • Posted September 29, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    The Sandman Slim series has continued to impress and entertain me, and this most recent book is no exception. Just when you think the story can't get more strange or over the top, Kadrey pulls something new out of the bag and blows me away. If you are already reading the series, you know what I am talking about, so red this book. If you are not, pick up the first story of the series and you will be hooked.

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