Speakeasy is far removed from the standard WWII era thriller. It is a novel that alternates between past and present and between voices. Lena, the central lead, is a code breaker with a shady past and an unfortunate history of choosing the wrong man. Byron, known as “By God” is a mild accountant seduced into the adventurous high speed life of being a gangster. Both Lena and Byron were drawn into the charismatic web of Bill Bagley, a brilliant but tragically flawed bank robber. Lena thought she escaped, but the threads of the past are long, and as she struggles with the impact of her tasks as codebreaker and the human cost of both success and failure, it begins to look like she has not run far enough or fast enough.
On the whole, Speakeasy is well done. The development of the characters and the changes that take place in them over time is utterly believable...
Jade City by Fonda Lee
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 07 Nov 2017
Jade City is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones and others who enjoy intense politically complex fantasy. Set in an area much like early 20th century Asia, Kekon is an island nation divided between families of power. Green Bone warriors wield jade in service of the patriarchs, the bioactive stones enhancing physical and psychic capabilities. The more jade you can wield, the higher your position. Kekon maintains an uneasy balance of power, but jade and the capacity to wield it is envied by other countries as well as by commoners who see it as a path to wealth and prestige. Shine, a drug designed by foreign powers, allows the untrained to wield jade upsetting the delicate balance and leading to war between the Kaul and the Ayt.
Part gangster drama, part action fantasy Jade City is a unique and unforgettable epic. The story starts slowly, and is incredibly complicated. It takes time to get to kno...
Three Days to Dead puts the demon in the "demon drink" days of prohibition. The Damned is a comic series where gangsters are as likely to be demons as humans, and souls are bought and sold as easily as back alley hooch (alcohol). It is a dangerous time and if you dance with the devil your life may be very short. The exception is Eddie. For him, death is not permanent. A gift, maybe, a curse, definitely.
The Damned volume 1 contains the complete Three Days Dead story arc. Eddie is revived in order to find out what happened to the demon in charge of finalizing the truce between Big Al's gang and a competing family. But something tells Eddie there is more at stake than the missing demon and the possibility of a gang war. Finding out what means Eddie must face his own demons, the most dangerous of the bunch.
Mobsters, starlets, crooked cops, and one momentous movie come together in Michael Mayo’s newest Jimmy Quinn mystery - Jimmy and Fay. What lover of classic movies and mystery could turn down the opportunity to meet Fay Wray, particularly as a damsel in real life distress? Jimmy Quinn certainly doesn’t when she comes to him with a peculiar problem - she is being blackmailed with pornographic photographs that contain a lookalike. Despite the woman in the photos clearly not being her, Fay wants the issue settled before it becomes embarrassing. Jimmie Quinn, known for his sense of honor and having one foot firmly on each side of the law is an obvious choice for a go-between. He takes his task a step further, and starts looking into who is behind the blackmail. What he finds is far more complicated, and far more deadly - implicating supposed bastions of wealth and prop...