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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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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!!
Of course both of those ideas are real movies, and *one* was successful, so it can be done.
Eddie LaCrosse is a sword for hire in a fantasy world not too unlike our middle-ages. There are a number of differences though. Medicine seems to be a good bit better, as is the lot of women, and Eddie's class of hired sword is closer to our conception of Private Eye than a simple mercenary (though those exist as well).
This is not the first Eddie LaCrosse story, something I was unaware of until I got into the book, and he already has something of a backstory, which is mostly not spelled out here. It's enough to know that he was raised in a noble family but for some reason has rejected his upbringing.
The story opens with the delivery of a casket to the modern-day Eddie, prompting him to relive (and relate to a rapt tavern audience) an adventure of some years ago.
At this point the story moves into a flashback and events and personages plainly inspired by the King Arthur and Camelot tales of our own world. Bledsoe doesn't try to pretend otherwise, and all the names are either anagrams or close cognates for those we are familiar with "Grand Bruan" for "Great Britain", "Nodlon" for "London", "Meagan" for "Morgan le Fay", "Jennifer" for "Guinivere" etc.Read more ›
P.S. There are a few points in the book where we jump back briefly to Eddie telling the story in Angelina's tavern. I wish the transitions had been more clearly identified, because the first few sentences kept making me do a double take to re-orient myself.
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A retelling of the Arthur story from the perspective of a psuedo-private eye, this story suffers from distracting incongruities in the setting, characters, and language. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tom Timmerman
A great book to escape reality with for awhile and a surprise right to the end. I look forward to the next adventure. :)Published 20 months ago by Eddie D. Moore
Hard, gritty and very good detective story. This series packs a punch, and tells not just one story, but several. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alexb
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 22 months ago 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 22 months ago 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 23 months ago 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