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Dark Jenny (Eddie LaCrosse) Paperback – March 29, 2011
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“[Burn Me Deadly] gives every evidence that Bledsoe's combination of sword and sorcery with hard-boiled detection will have a long and successful run. . . . Bledsoe effortlessly draws readers into his created world and manages to stay true to both fantasy and mystery traditions.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A compelling story with fascinating characters--who are so witty and whose attitude is so wry that I laughed and cared.” ―Orson Scott Card on The Sword-Edged Blonde
“Both stylish and self-assured: Raymond Chandler meets Raymond E. Feist.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Sword-Edged Blonde
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Top Customer Reviews
Eddie LaCrosse is a sword-jockey for hire and the books follow his various adventures. But the tale told on a winter's day of his travels years before to the island kingdom of Grand Braun hold an even more unusual theme than most...in this amazing take on the King Arthur story.
A must read, highly recommended.
At a reception for Queen Jennifer Drake, a murder is committed with Eddie and the Queen herself as the prime suspects. With his life at stake, Eddie jumps into the investigation determined to clear his own name and bring the killer to justice. But immediately, he finds this is not a clear cut act of murder but a more involved political gambit to discredit the Queen and the throne.
Bledsoe weaves a wonderful tale of political intrigue, action and the right amount of humor. Drawing loosely on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable, the story unfolds with some familiarity and plenty of surprising changes, twists and characters that keep you guessing until the very end. The dialog is witty, the action scenes are fast and well placed, and the characters leave you wanting for more. This book, even though the third in the LaCrosse series easily stands alone.
Dark Jenny is the perfect crossover for both lovers of the classic hardboiled detective novels of Micky Spillain as well as those who love the high adventure styling found within the Arthurian legends.
A great read!!
I rate this as highly as books from Jim Butcher (YMMV, though).
Dark Jenny is mainly a bit of backstory on Eddie, who spends most of the book at a tavern recounting a story of his adventures for a captive audience. That story involves LaCrosse’s journey to Grand Braun, a now-peaceful country that’s ruled by King Marcus Drake. Drake took a wild country, one largely composed of battling tribes, and consolidated the rule into a throne, supported by the Knights of the Double Tarn. But when someone poisons one of the Knights, LaCrosse gets drawn into the situation, and has to unravel a complicated tale of power struggles, religion, trust, and honor.
If the setup for this novel sounds a little like King Arthur to you, well, it should. Bledsoe doesn’t really make much effort to pretend he’s not playing with Arthurian legends (even the novel’s epigraph foreshadows this nicely), and by and large, that’s okay. The whole idea of Dark Jenny is to realize that even legends have their shadows, and that no hero is truly a great person – we all have our shadows.Read more ›
This book tries to follow the path laid by Glen Cook's popular Garrett, P.I. books. But where Cook's tongue is firmly in his cheek as he uses the fantasy setting to poke some fun at the hard-boiled detective genre, Bledsoe plays it mostly straight, which makes the incongruities stand out in harsh relief. Can't recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book to escape reality with for awhile and a surprise right to the end. I look forward to the next adventure. :)Published 23 months ago by Eddie D. Moore
This one is a bit darker than "The Sword-Edged Blonde." Still a good read and fast-paced. Has a continuation of the supernatural stuff like his first book!Published on April 14, 2014 by Van The Man
I received this book at an event and I have to say, it looked like some cheap, typical paperback that I would enjoy but not really appreciate. Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by Jessica Grimm-Lyon
In the fourth of the Eddie La Crosse novels we found our “sword jockey” getting involved in all sorts of shenanigans in the court of a small kingdom. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Nick Brett
Mr. Bledsoe brings back Eddie LaCrosse in a big way, tackling the Arthurian Legend. I do not profess to be an expert on King Arthur, I've purposely avoided all major writings on... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Paul Wittine
This series by itself is phenominal, easily one of my favorite series out right now, given that so far all online orders for books I've put in have come to me damaged (you... Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I only got halfway because I just gave up. This doesn't have anything to do with the blurb given for the book. If all I've read so far is back story, it's just too long. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by JeannieRae
Good to be able to read something well written with interesting characters. I like the whole series and I am a good sport and just accept some of the blend of fantasy and noir that... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Dark Jenny by Alex Bledsoe
Eddie LaCrosse may be my new favorite character. Alex Bledsoe has crafted a great believable hero. Read more