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Tricknomancy [Kindle Edition]

Michael Stackpole
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tricknomancy collects all seven of the Trick Molloy stories into the novel-length story they were always meant to be. This collection includes If Vanity Doesn't Kill Me and The Devil Within which have not been previously released or collected with these other stories.

Tricknomancy tells the story of Patrick Molloy, a magick-using ex-cop who was busted off the force on trumped up bribery charges. He works as a bouncer in a Gentlemen's Club, Club Flesh, where all the women use magick to conjure dollars out of the patrons' pockets. His only true friend is the coroner; his family hates him with a passion, and the cop who busted him off the force is just itching to find a way to send him to jail.

Trick Molloy's world is one in which magick-users are feared and hated. Televangelists make bank on casting them as the devil's tools. Gangsters often use magick more readily than guns. Respectable magickers use their skills for seduction, robbery and murder. No one in power really cares about what befalls the criminal class, which Trick Molloy as the one man smart enough to discover the truth, and tough enough to administer justice.

Product Details

  • File Size: 678 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (December 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Magical Noir July 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read a few of Michael Stackpole's books in the past and I've enjoyed reading them enough that he is an author I keep an eye peeled for. So when I was browsing Kindle lists and came across his name I took the time to go over what he had up here outside of the work-for-hire franchise stuff. (Not saying franchise writing is bad, but I'm a little biased against it.)

Tricknomancy sounded interesting to me, I do quite like the fantasy Noir genre, being a big fan of Glen Cook's Garrett stories. I also like the more modern hard boiled fantasy like Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden stories. So I bought it. Yesterday, technically. (12:24 am according to the computer.)

If you like the two writers I mentioned above, buy this book. Mike (can I call him Mike?), has done a fantastic job with these stories, the characters jump off the page at you. Unlike the other reviewer, I found the writing to be very good, short and punchy like classic Noir stories. The world building is nice too, the limits on magic are such that you are never left wondering why Trick's world has not branched further away from ours.

Mike makes you emphasize with the Trick and a number of other characters. You will really hate some of the other characters, but, they all feel so very real.

Punchy, magical Noir stories about the redemption of a man. I'll be buying the next Trick Molloy story or book that Mike writes!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Kindle Edition
Tricknomancy collects the first (and currently only) seven Trick Molloy stories by Michael Stackpole.

The stories:
1) No Rest for the Wicked
2) If Vanity Doesn't Kill Me*
3) The Devil Within*
4) Such a Nice Girl
5) Little Girl Lost
6) The Witch in Scarlet
7) 'Til Death

*previously unreleased and only available in this collection.

Trick Molloy is a former cop and current bouncer. He was driven from the force on false charges, but even those who believe his guilt Have something "worse" to hate him for: Trick is one of the relatively few humans who can not only has Talent, but can use it.

Trick is a strong, if a bit stereotypical, lead: flawed and plagued with personal problems, but fierce, loyal and never quits. What sets Trick and his stories apart is the magick he controls and the limitations placed on it. Only those who have an affinity, have discovered their trigger, and know their channel can perform magick. This gives an easy to understand structure to Trick's world and explains why only a few of the inhabitants can accomplish much with their Talent.

I've read a fair bit by Michael Stackpole and am always impressed by his worldbuilding skills. The environments and "rules" are always depicted fully developed, well formed, and compliment the story being told. Since Trick's world differs only from our own by the existence of magick, it's easy to follow the consequences Trick has to deal with. But the key is that it is still all background and enhancement: the cases and the characters are the heart of the stories, and Stackpole never forgets that.

Each story reads well alone, but contributes to the overall story of events building in Trick's life. A fantastic series and a must read for anyone who'd like a different take on "urban fantasy." I hope we eventually see more from Trick Molloy.

Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, easy to digest romp November 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Trick Molloy is an ex-cop, framed for bribery and tossed off the force. Now he works as a bouncer at Club Flesh, a strip club that employs only talented dances.

The talented are where this book really shines. Talent is the parlance for magic, which is known to exist but is still quite rare. Trick is also talented - strongly so. The mechanics and expression of magic in these stories is refreshing in its uniqueness.

Tricknomancy is a collection of short stories about Molloy. Due to his connections with the police and underworld, and his own strong sense of responsibility to the girls at the club, Trick gets drawn into a lot of situations that wouldn't usually be a bouncer's problem.

All in all, it was a fun book without a lot of big surprises. Worth it for an easy read by fans of urban fantasy or noir.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid read from a great author January 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Have always found Stackpole's work to be fun well written and enjoyable and this series is no exception. The Short Stories are all independant but they flow well together and give the collection a novel like feel. The main character is well developed and has the depth necessary to carry the story along. Finished the book in one sitting and wished there was more.
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More About the Author

Michael A. Stackpole is the New York Times bestselling author of over 40 novels, including I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron. He's won awards in the realms of podcasting, game designer, computer game design, screenwriting, editing, graphic novel writing and novel writing. He lives in Arizona and frequently travels the United States attending conventions and teaching writing workshops. His website is

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