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City of the Lost (Queen of the Dead) Paperback – January 3, 2012
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— Seanan McGuire, author of DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON
"CITY OF THE LOST is the best kind of paranormal noir: gritty, breakneck-paced, and impossible to put down. Joe Sunday is a new antihero to watch, and the next installment can't come soon enough."
— Caitlin Kittredge, author of THE IRON THORN
"Bruja, demons, bloodsuckers, the living dead and bucketloads of bloody magic - you'll find all of those in CITY OF THE LOST, but the real magic is how Blackmoore deftly breathes secret supernatural life into the City of Angels. This is an auspicious debut that's at turns violent, hilarious, and tragic. Can't wait make a return trip to Blackmoore's voodoo version of L.A."
— Chuck Wendig, author of BLACKBIRDS
"For a debut author, Stephen Blackmoore knows perfectly well how to snatch up his readers and barrel away with them from page one. In Joe Sunday, he's created the perfect hard-boiled anti-hero - an inexorable protagonist who's short on tongue-wagging and long on visceral brutality, yet is totally sympathetic due to his singular narrative voice. Oh, yeah. He's also dead. CITY OF THE LOST is one hell of a fast and thoroughly enjoyable ride. The perfect book for fans of crime noir, urban fantasy, and horror. One of my favorite reads of the year."
— John Hornor Jacobs, author of SOUTHERN GODS
"The funhouse reflection of L.A. Blackmoore conjures is at once vibrant, seedy, and mysterious - streets so mean, they feel as though plucked straight from Chandler's DT nightmares. CITY OF THE LOST effortlessly blends the grit with the fantastical, and paints a world in which magic is to be feared - but not nearly so much as the people behind it."
— Chris F. Holm, author of DEAD HARVEST
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Told in Joe's wry voice, City of the Lost grabs you hard on page one and keeps you rapt until the last page. Backed by a supporting cast including a young bruja that counts a bar tending demon as a friend, and a cop with his own agenda, Joe must fine the stone and figure out how to fix his little problem, before it fixes him. On his tail is an ancient man that's been chasing the stone's secret for hundreds of years, a beautiful woman that he may or may not be able to trust, a Nazi doctor that wants the stone for his own, and his henchmen, a skull cracker that has a sharp-toothed midget (we're not talking human here) on a leash. Stephen Blackmoore writes like an old pro, and doesn't flinch from some of the more violent characteristics of his anti-hero. He's really, really good at writing gray characters, and yet manages to infuse his creations with humanity, even if they aren't themselves human, which is a neat trick.Read more ›
Tough-guy Joe Saturday finds himself kinda undead, or at least unkillable, and in the middle of a centuries-long quest for a magical stone. If this were all there were to the book, it would be a matinee of great fun, maybe one of those odd movies on the sci-fi channel every so often. But this book is so much more than that -- thanks to a well developed and detailed cast of characters -- the cool, demon bartender; the hippie/Red Cross-ish vampire, the Nazi wizard.
The story is so full of momentum, you'll be carried along with everyone else. Great stuff.
Here's hoping this is the first in a long series.
That is so not true. Zombies are gross, disgusting. They stink like rotten meat baking in the desert sun, and they're always oozing all kinds of bodily fluids while dripping flesh all over the freakin' place.
I've never met a zombie that didn't make me puke... would be more accurate.
Well, not until I met Joe Sunday, that is!
One look at the cover for City Of The Lost and I knew, just knew, that I was going to fall in love with Joe Sunday. I mean, come on... look at him. Look. At. Him. He's a hottie... with a perfectly kissable jaw line, messed up hair that my fingers long to touch, eyebrows with a sexy but distinctive arch, and a hole in his chest large enough to see the street lamp just down the road from where he's standing.
Yeah, about that -
Joe Sunday is your average "leg-breaker for hire," the kind of guy that most of us wouldn't date, and definitely not the kind of guy that if you did choose to date, you'd take home to meet your Mamma. We first meet up with Joe at Henry's Bar and Grill checking up on his friend, and coworker, Julio. Julio had been sent by their back-stabbing boss, Simon, to retrieve an ancient stone from some guy named Giavetti. But ever since meeting with Giavetti, Julio's been acting a little strange. Mumbling about his hands not being his hands, breaking his bottle of beer, attacking the bartender, attacking Joe, and ending the very first scene in this novel by jamming the broken bottle into his throat and... dying, I'd say Julio isn't quite himself anymore.
Now, Julio's behavior and death doesn't just have Joe asking questions, it has his boss, Simon, confessing to knowing and killing Giavetti back in his younger days.Read more ›
The LA Blackmoore conjures in his novel is at once nightmarish and utterly believable. His characters are so well drawn, you'll see 'em when your eyes are closed. And my God, what a story.
If you dig old-fashioned pulp, or tales about the seamy side of the City of Angels, this book is for you. If you dig zombies and magical McGuffins, this book is for you. But those may damn it with faint praise. The fact is, this is a cracking good book, and if you're a fan of cracking good books, then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today. Oh, and clear your schedule, 'cause once you start, there's no turning back...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An immensely enjoyable page-turner that melds noir and urban fantasy and some zombie horror and luxuriates in the traditions of all three genres, perfect summer read...Published 1 month ago by Andrea Gibbons
I've read this one. Dead things. Broken Souls. They're all good. Like speeding down a freeway with a bag of cheeseburgers. Fast and delicious.Published 1 month ago by Green Guy
Gritty noir L.A. with a zombie protagonist. Like if that is a concept that interests you in any way, you owe it to yourself to read this book.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Went in burnt out with zombie stories and heaviness in my heart. Came out happy and slightly short of breath. I read this one last, even though it's the first. Read morePublished 4 months ago by cdr219
Urban fantasy noir. Good, steady reading. Kept me interested all the way through.Published 14 months ago by Jeffrey D Meaders
Book arrived on time and I finished it in 24 hours. This authors books are fun, and action packed.Published 16 months ago by Kathie
I hesitated for a bit over the price / page count until I checked to see if there was a series and read the Sample. Read morePublished 18 months ago by D
Stephen Blackmoore is a genius. His is a dark and twisted intellect plumbing the depths of a gritty paranormal world. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Books-fly-2-me
This book is a fun, light read, but very good none-the-less. A story with a newly created zombie of the non-brain eating type, with a reasonably complex backstory and lots of... Read morePublished on August 21, 2014 by Ben Wade