Review: Nobody’s Angel

cover95546-medium.png“From the driver’s seat of his cab, Eddie negotiates a city splintered by race and class and rapidly losing its economic underpinnings. Nobody’s Angel has the wry humor and engaging characters typical of the best of the hard-boiled genre, but Clark’s portrait of Chicago in the 1990s, with its vanishing factories and jobs, its lethal public housing projects, its teenage hookers climbing into vans on North Avenue, is what gives it legs. Sure there are a couple murderers on the loose, but the larger violence is coming from systemic forces wreaking havoc in a place that, maybe, used to be better.” –Chicago Reader

Not to long ago I had the opportunity to read Backdoor to L.A. by Jack Clark, and even though it was the second book in a series I’m still glad I jumped in. It was a lot of fun to see what came first in Eddie’s Chicago saga. I’m actually not sure which of the two stories I enjoyed more as they were both really engaging, fueled by the great character that Clark has in Eddie.

I’m definitely planning to pick up a copy of both books in this series for our system, if nothing else so that I can see these awesome covers in person. I think a lot of our patrons are going to find something a little different and a lot of fun to read in this series.


Review: Lost Reaper

cover94439-medium.pngThe first dead body I ever saw was my own.

For twenty-five-year-old Tyler Morgan, being murdered was easy. Easy in comparison with working for the Grim Reaper.

Jonathon Grimm may have brought her back from the dead in exchange for working as a reaper for her hometown, Easton, but she has to find his lost reaper before she can enjoy her second chance at life. Only … the lost reaper isn’t actually lost. He has a new body and a new life and no intention of turning himself in, even if it means giving Tyler her life back.

Tyler begins the grisly task of reaping the souls of Easton’s dead while searching for the reaper. He could be anyone – the intriguing detective, Sam Lockwood; the handsome, wealthy Chris Bradbury; or the serial killer stalking the women of Easton. Women who bear an uncanny resemblance to Tyler.

But what is the ancient secret, hidden from mankind, that has motivated Grimm to chose Tyler for the morbid task?

As the killer closes in and Grimm’s deadline draws closer, Tyler discovers she is fighting a much bigger threat than the Grim Reaper and time is running out for everyone.

When it comes to Lost Reaper I was hooked from the first line of the blurb. Not the book, but the blurb. There was just such a cool tone that touched every inch of this story and it kept me hooked throughout. I’m not sure if I’ve read any Grim Reaper stories before, but Shelly Russell Nolan has me on the hunt for some more. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

Tyler’s death was easy compared to her new life reaping the souls of the people in her town. There were a lot of levels to the plot here and while I was never quite sure where the story was guessing, all of the pieces came together nicely. Tyler was also a strong, dynamic character. Her personal life crumbled pretty quickly but she was able to bounce back. Seeing the mystery unfold from her perspective made for an interesting guessing game of figuring out who the murderer really was.