Sandman Slim novels, by Richard Kadrey

killing prettyIf you haven’t already figured out that I like mystery and suspense with my SFF, then you haven’t been paying attention. Stark (perhaps an homage to Donald Westlake’s Parker novels, published under the pseudonym Richard Stark?) is a human magician who was sent to Hell by his “friends” at the tender age of 19, whereupon he spent the next 11 years having the ever-living shit beat out of him.

Stark escapes Hell to find his ex-girlfriend’s killer and perhaps stave off Armageddon, although that last is more of a knock-on effect of Stark’s total badassery. Along the way, he cracks wise and drinks too much, in the grand tradition of all noir heroes.

If you like Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant/Rivers of London series, and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, you will love Sandman Slim. One Amazon reviewer called the books “Harry Dresden On Crack,” not a bad description, although I prefer the Sandman Slim series to the Dresden Files.

The covers are terrible, though. Just awful.

2016 Hugo Eligibility: Yes, #7, Killing Pretty, was release in July 2015.
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Rating: 3/5
Genre: SFF/Horror/Urban Fantasy


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