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White Rabbit [Kindle Edition]

K.A. Laity
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sometimes the shadows that haunt us
are what lead us back to the light

Disgraced former police detective James Draygo has sunk as low as his habit allows, working as a fake psychic despite his very real talents. When a media mogul’s trashy trophy wife gets gunned down at his tapping table he has to decide whether he can straighten up long enough to save his own skin. He may not have a choice with Essex’s loudest ghost bawling in his ear about cults, conspiracies and cut-rate drugs. Oblivion sounds better all the time…
Best Selling Crime Writer, Richard & Judy Summer Read Winner James Oswald on White Rabbit:

‘Being a fan of mashing up genres myself, I was of course delighted to see someone else playing fast and loose with things. The central idea of the story – a real psychic pretending to be a fake – is delicious, too. The mystery was deftly played with just the right balance of action and character interplay to keep me turning the pages. The seedy side of London is nicely worked as well – not too threatening, as befits the style of book, but still gritty enough. The cast of supporting characters are nicely drawn, too. Kate writes with a fluid, easy to read style.’

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  • File Size: 777 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fox Spirit Books; First edition (April 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal Twist May 22, 2014
KA Laity offers a surreal, hallucinogenic journey that is both humorous and unsettling. White Rabbit exudes weirdness and moves fluidly between a linear and transgressive narrative. With characters who are both realistic and fetched from fantasy, this is a work that makes its own emphatic fictionality extremely real. A well balanced work of experimental fiction that manages to use its own subversiveness to harness various genres.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, twisty tale. May 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
"White Rabbit" is a fun, intriguing story that sucked me in, took me on a corkscrew ride and never let go until the end. A wonderful blend of magical, gritty noir fresh from K.A. Laity's literary cauldron.
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This book is a mix-up of so many genres it's best to not try to pin it down to just one. If you like humor or mystery or paranormal or crime noir then you will find all of those categories here. Draygo doesn't set out to be funny, it's just that he is often so sparkling with the administration of fairy dust coursing through his veins that anything he says seems like a joke. Of course, at the crux of the matter is his inability to forgive himself for what he did that caused him to resign from the police. No matter how much he plays the fool he can't undo that experience. So, naturally a guys gotta live so he runs a fly-by-night psychic organization inherited from his late Auntie Vera that most people believe is nothing but a scam, even his old partner from the force. But wait....after Peaches Dockmuir nee Weiner has been shot dead in Draygo's parlor why does he seem to be walking around talking to her? Peaches saw the white rabbit and now she's dead, but where is the warren and what does it all have to do with the fake little blue pills and cults?

This is a very unusual novel and you just don't even need to start reading it unless you can suspend all your belief and let the author take you down this road of a fake psychic who solves a crime to keep himself out of prison and to keep "them" from screaming to him. The author has a wonderful sense of humor and the ability to make her lead character crazy with sane overtones so I could sympathize with him and even understand his lyrical and literary references. Even Abelard and Heloise get a quick mention so that should tell you how far afield you can expect to go. My only complaint is that sometimes the explanation of what was happening in the story was unnecessarily vague.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellently Realized Noir Fantasy July 18, 2014
K.A. Laity's White Rabbit is tightly written fantasy noir. James Draygo is a disgraced former detective who makes a living as a genuine psychic masquerading as a fake. When a wealthy media mogul's wife is murdered in his office and he's left literally holding the gun, Draygo finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy involving cults, drugs, ghosts, and the titular white rabbit.

Laity stays close to the novel's noir roots. Draygo is a more or less note perfect execution of a private eye complete with a drinking habit, tragic backstory, reluctant heroism, and a deeply buried heart of gold. The mystery plot has a few minor twists and turns but it doesn’t concentrate on the murder mystery aspects. It is the exact nature of the supernatural threat that is slowly uncovered and Laity does an excellent job of slowly unfolding the information. Draygo's relationship with a reporter, Helen Saunders, likewise remains well within the noir playbook but is suitably engaging. There is a great sense of fun with this book that never descends into satire.

White Rabbit is fast paced, pitch perfect noir with a well-developed fantasy world and tight characterization. Highly enjoyable.

**Received copy from NetGalley for review
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K. A. Laity ( writes in a variety of genres. She's author of WHITE RABBIT, A CUT-THROAT BUSINESS, LUSH SITUATION, OWL STRETCHING, CHASTITY FLAME, THE CLADDAGH ICON, UNQUIET DREAMS, PELZMANTEL and many more stories, essays, plays and humour pieces as well as editor of WEIRD NOIR, NOIR CARNIVAL and the forthcoming DRAG NOIR for FOx Spirit Books. Laity received a 2006 Finlandia Foundation grant and the 2005 Eureka Short Story Fellowship to work on UNIKIRJA (Dreambook), a collection of short stories based on Finnish mythology and the Kalevala (Aino Press 2009). In 2011-2 she was a Fulbright Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr. Laity is Associate Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose, where she teaches medieval literature, film, New Media and popular culture, with a particular interest in magic -- see her collection ROOK CHANT. She divides her time between NY and Dundee, Scotland. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or follow her blog.


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