| The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky |
You may notice that Polansky’s Low Town novels have already appeared on a book haul post in January… but your eyes do not deceive! They’re cropping up again this month! Having bought them on Kindle and having read The Straight Razor Cure (review to come!), I happened across the hardback in the sales and couldn’t resist buying it – this was such a good book that I bought it twice!
| Synopsis |
Here, the criminal is king. The streets are filled with the screeching of fish hags, the cries of swindled merchants, the inviting murmurs of working girls. Here, people can disappear, and the lacklustre efforts of the guard ensure they are never found.
Warden is an ex-soldier who has seen the worst men have to offer; now a narcotics dealer with a rich, bloody past and a way of inviting danger. You’d struggle to find someone with a soul as dark and troubled as his.
But then a missing child, murdered and horribly mutilated, is discovered in an alley.
And then another.
With a mind as sharp as a blade and an old but powerful friend in the city, he’s the only man with a hope of finding the killer.
If the killer doesn’t find him first.
| Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky |
Similarly, after finding The Straight Razor Cure in hardback for mere pounds, I happened across its sequel, Tomorrow the Killing, under a big old pile of books. Having already bought it on Kindle but having yet to read it, this second Low Town novel came at the perfect time for me to get stuck in!
| Synopsis |
Once he was a hero of the Great War, and then a member of the dreaded Black House. Now he is the criminal linchpin of Low Town. His name is Warden. He thought he had left the war behind him, but a summons from up above brings the past sharply, uncomfortably, back into focus. General Montgomery’s daughter is missing somewhere in Low Town, searching for clues about her brother’s murder. The general wants her found, before the stinking streets can lay claim to her, too.
| City of Bohane by Kevin Barry |
Another sale find, I hadn’t even heard of Kevin Barry or City of Bohane before its vibrant cover caught my eye. But with the gorgeously vivid cover art and a fascinating premise, I cannot wait to open it up!
| Synopsis |
Forty years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the Northside Rises and the eerie bogs of Big Nothin’ that the city really lives.
For years, the city has been in the cool grip of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there’s trouble in the air. They say his old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious; and his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight… And then there’s his mother.
City of Bohane is a visionary novel that blends influences from film and the graphic novel, from Trojan beats and calypso rhythms, from Celtic myth and legend, from fado and the sagas, and from all the great inheritance of Irish literature. A work of mesmerising imagination and vaulting linguistic invention, it is a taste of the glorious and new.