- File Size: 328 KB
- Print Length: 179 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 18, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008N0A2FM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,086,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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COLD IRON starts out with many a nod to everything that made hard-boiled police thrillers great in the 1980s (complete with a hero literally resurrected from 1985). From there things develop into quite the page-turner: COLD IRON is the rare book that really does improve with every chapter. You start out with a solid b-movie and end up with a delightful rogue's gallery of characters, surprising twists, and the promise of so much more to come.
So, when's the sequel?
He's not afraid to tap into our shared library of character tropes, so you'll meet a few familiar faces; the no-nonsense police chief with a heart of gold, the shady fat-cat big-business CEO, and the sultry vampire countess with murky motives and affiliations all make an appearance. The major characters, however, are complex, fully-fleshed individuals with relatable emotions and motivations. Here again, it's judicious blending that's key: borrowing from the reader's subconscious prevents the tale bogging down with excessive backstory, but there is enough originality to keep things fresh. Loomis' prose is accessible without being pedantic, descriptive without being bloated, and gritty without descending to vulgarity.
The writing gives you everything you need and nothing you don't, so the pacing is perfect. There are plenty of moments of suspense, but Loomis avoids the crime of drawing out the anticipation, always delivering a payoff at the right time to keep the reader interested. Is Cold Iron our generation's Great American Novella? Probably not, but it is a taut, balanced, well-written, damned fine read.
Morgan Everson is a seasoned detective in the Philadelphia Special Homicide Division -- police-speak for the squad investigating killings involving vampires or attended by other peculiar circumstances. While no stranger to unusual cases, her new assignment fazes her. It's 2020 but it isn't everyday a homicide victim and former detective turned private investigator - Seth ibn Fasil - is found wandering in a cemetery thirty-five years after he was killed and buried. Even stranger, people who knew Seth are being systematically and violently killed one by one. Coincidence?
Seth and Morgan scramble to unravel the mystery of his revival and its relation, if any, to the murders of his friends and acquaintances. It's tough going but they do have one clue -- a handcrafted bullet loaded with cold iron. Oh, did I mention there are vampires?
This novella is a satisfying, contained tale. The pacing is deliberate and effective and reminds me of hardboiled whodunnit fiction of old. I felt right alongside Seth and Morgan during their investigation. You won't find much info dumping. The various characters were used to relay necessary and desirable information.
A certain mystic attaches to characters with a patent sense of duty and uncompromising conviction. The double dose of no-nonsense detectives here are great examples and the best parts of this tale. Synergy attends their relationship even though they just met, an understanding on a visceral level. I'm eager to plumb the depths of their characters as I sense more revelations in store about what makes them tick. Perhaps it'll answer an old question: when everyone else is running away from danger, why do a select few run towards it? The forces that oppose them are also no slackers and provide more than adequate counterpoint to Seth and Morgan.
Just in case anyone missed my not-at-all subtle hint-- I'm looking forward to the sequel.