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Burn Me Deadly: An Eddie LaCrosse Novel Hardcover – November 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Eddie LaCrosse (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765322218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765322210
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,127,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Proving that 2007's The Sword-Edged Blonde was no fluke, this sequel gives every evidence that Bledsoe's combination of sword and sorcery with hard-boiled detection will have a long and successful run. Eddie LaCrosse, a former noble who gave up his title and now works as a freelance sword-jockey, is flagged down by a damsel in distress, Laura Lesperitt. Before LaCrosse can get Lesperitt to safety, they are ambushed, an encounter that leaves her dead. When he recovers, LaCrosse's search for those responsible for the murder brings him into contact with powerful thug Gordon Marantz, the king's Special Office of Domestic Security and a dragon-worshipping cult. Bledsoe effortlessly draws readers into his created world and manages to stay true to both fantasy and mystery traditions. (Nov.)
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“Hardboiled high fantasy--what’s not to like? Bledsoe keeps me reading from the first page, and I’m always eager for the next installment when the last page is turned.”--Charles de Lint on Burn Me Deadly

“An entertaining, well-crafted melding of fantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction. . . . Aficionados of tough-guy mysteries will find much to enjoy, and fantasy fans will appreciate the swordplay and the fully realized medieval society Bledsoe has constructed. Best of all, it’s not necessary to have read the first installment to enjoy this one.”--Kirkus Reviews on Burn Me Deadly

"This hardboiled high fantasy with its clever, twisty plot and smart-alecky protagonist is a worthy literary successor to both Fritz Leiber and Rex Stout.”--Ekaterina Sedia, author of The Alchemy of Stone

More About the Author

I grew up in west Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (birthplace of Tina Turner). I've been a reporter, editor, photographer and door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. I now live in a Wisconsin town famous for trolls, write before six in the morning and try to teach my three kids to act like they've been to town before. I'm the author of the Eddie LaCrosse high fantasy/hardboiled mysteries ("The Sword-Edged Blonde," "Burn Me Deadly," "Dark Jenny," "Wake of the Bloody Angel" and "He Drank, and Saw the Spider"), two novels about vampires in 1975 Memphis ("Blood Groove" and "The Girls with Games of Blood"), the Tufa novels ("The Hum and the Shiver," "Wisp of a Thing," and the upcoming "Long Black Curl") and the "Firefly Witch" short story ebook chapbooks.

Customer Reviews

Overall a well crafted story.
wbentrim
Although most of the sex and violence takes place, "off screen," it still struck me as a bit too grotesque for my tastes.
William Jackson
I was hooked right from the start with this book.
Tony Brent

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carl V. Anderson on January 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In March of 2008 I wrote of the first Eddie LaCrosse novel, The Sword-Edged Blonde:

"In private investigator Eddie LaCrosse, Bledsoe creates a character who is equal parts witty and charming, rough-and-tumble and roguish. LaCrosse's journey reveals him to be a character of surprising depth in a novel that is short (232 pages) by today's standards. Bledsoe uses each page to his advantage and has crafted a page turner story that had a few "I didn't see that coming" moments as it reached its conclusion."

Alex Bledsoe had merged the genres of sword-and-sorcery and pulp noir so successfully that I was unsure if such an amalgam could ever be topped. To which Mr. Bledsoe has now replied (to the voices in my head, at any rate), "Take that!"

Alex Bledsoe proved in his first novel that he could deftly interweave the kind of literary worlds created by authors like Robert E. Howard and Ian Fleming, infuse it with a witty sense of humor that respects both genres, and in the course of so doing breathe life into these well-worn literary conventions. Then he went out and did it again.

It takes a special skill, in my opinion, to write a sequel that provides readers, new and old, with enough background information to recap the previous story without bogging down the new story. This is one of many areas in which Burn Me Deadly succeeds. Alex Bledsoe drops the reader right into the action in a manner that compels the pages to be turned, and then he proceeds to introduce Eddie LaCrosse, beloved characters met in The Sword-Edged Blonde, and the world itself so skillfully that I never once felt like I was reading a `previously in The Adventures of Eddie LaCrosse...' info dump.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Mad Hatter VINE VOICE on January 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Burn Me Deadly is Bledsoe's second Eddie LaCrosse novel, which again plays the Noir/Fantasy combo very well. The action is believable as its main character Eddie gets as good as he gives most times. The pacing of Burn Me Deadly is a bit slower this time around, but it serves the story well after some hard action on Eddie at the start.

Eddie is one tough nut and won't let go even if he has no clue what is going. A promise made to someone he just met leads him down a harsh road and into the hands of [...] and questioning the allegiance of those closest to him. Although you get the feeling he is avenging his horse and pride more than the girl. Again the magic is on the low side, which makes you appreciate the little this is included. This is a land where legends have lied dormant for a long time and are just now stirring. But legends don't always turn out to be what you expect as Eddie and his companion Liz learn as they step into the mud. Liz was given some expected and needed depth this time around.

Burn Me Deadly comes off a bit like Abercrombie-light, which is not necessarily a bad thing as Abercrombie can be a bit much for some stomachs as was evidenced by some of the harsher scenes in Best Served Cold. That said this is the gruesome side of Bledsoe as he lets some truly harrowing things happen to a few characters with deeply tortuous acts. All in all this was a great revenge tale that pleases on all levels including the ending.

Bledsoe has again achieved an action packed adventure as Burn Me Deadly will keep you guessing at the truth of the matter in its truly noir style along with its likeable protagonist LaCrosse. Highly recommend to fans of detective style mashups.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Reed on March 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I hope it's not giving too much away, but this story is about dragons. It's not complicated, and it's easy to recognize the good guys from the bad guys, which I like. There are a few twists that you don't necessarily see coming, but the real enjoyment in reading this novel is in getting to spend a bit more time with Eddie LaCrosse. Eddie LaCrosse is a character you wish you could sit down and have a beer with just so you could hear his tales, and you know he's got a million of them. He's a lovely mix of impulse, experience, capability, and roguish charm, and he has a quiet deadpan wit that just draws you in. I look forward to more of his adventures. In fact, I hope he runs afoul of pirates next, that is a story I'd love to hear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kat Hooper VINE VOICE on December 23, 2010
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Ah, the combination of Alex Bledsoe (the author), Eddie LaCrosse (the hero) and Stefan Rudnicki (the reader) -- it doesn't get much better than that!

Burn Me Deadly is the sequel to The Sword-Edged Blonde, which I adored, and since Mr. Bledsoe has been picked up by Tor, I'm guessing I'm not the only one who felt that way. I'm happy to report that I enjoyed Burn Me Deadly even more than The Sword-Edged Blonde. Mr. Bledsoe's got a good thing going here and I think his success results primarily from three factors:

1. His writing style is consistently clear, spare, and straightforward. There is no feel of a conscious attempt to be stylish, yet there are occasional beautiful insights and figures of speech (especially Eddie's similes) and a splash of grim humor. This style works perfectly with the first-person voice and noir style of these books -- just the facts, ma'am.
2. His hero is mature (not an angsty teenager) and naturally likable. Eddie LaCrosse is just a normal guy. Well, he's actually from a minor noble family, but this is almost irrelevant so far. (I'm not sure if Mr. Bledsoe plans to capitalize on Eddie's connections later, but if so, thankfully there's no foreshadowing.) Eddie's got some serious skills since he worked as a sword-jockey, but he doesn't have any magical powers or instruments, or any sort of prophecy, destiny, or hero complex.
3. His plot is quick, exciting, tense, and realistic. There are no foreshadowed events or ridiculous plot contortions to get characters in the right places at the right times, and the things you think you see coming don't come. You often feel like you're reading a straight crime novel (in a different world), until suddenly there's a god or a dragon. Also, nothing is prettied up.
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