- File Size: 2215 KB
- Print Length: 519 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dee Dub Publishing (January 16, 2020)
- Publication Date: January 16, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07Z2JJJ46
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this weird addition to the Painter Mann (world's only living-challenged private investigator) series. The entire book is a fairly high octane trippy carnival ride from start to finish. The narrative is told in three separate threads, third person omniscient for the ghost hunters & living characters, first person for Painter Mann and the dead in-between people, and first person flashback for the part of the story which takes place in the 1750s (delineated in the chapter headings).
The action was surprisingly easy to keep track of since the writing styles are totally different and it's not mixed up in the same chapters, we get to see the action from multiple viewpoints. There's a certain amount of fluidity in the timelines since time has a different meaning in a lot of the book (it's explained well in the narrative). There is some light horror involved (voodoo, revenge, demonic soul-eating beasties, and the like). There's also a lot of fighting, destruction, and rooting for the underdog to come out on top. Painter himself, like gritty noir PIs in the classic mold, spends a lot of the book getting beat up, stomped on, trapped, folded, and mutilated.
I liked Painter's integrity and sarcasm (he's a smart*ss in the Harry Dresden mold). The world building and entire concept of the in-between is well done and weird (in a good way). The entire effect is somewhat dreamlike and unreal. My only quibble with the writing is that in several of the action scenes, it reads like a stream of consciousness free-for-all which comes across as chaotic and difficult to read. There were some parts which I had to re-read a few times to get the gist of what was happening. It was by no means ALL of the book, just a few of the fights.
Fun and interesting series, weird and cool. Four stars.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
When I first saw this book and its description I thought “Exactly how does this work? Are the bad guys dead too or alive? And if they are dead, who does he turn the bad guys over to? Who hires him and why?” I mean, the whole thing is kind of fascinating. Apparently, the folks in the In Between don’t know who have murdered them. I would say he mostly gets hired by those looking for the name of their killer. Having that name then allows them to move on to the next place.
In this second book of the series, he finds himself down in New Orleans, one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. Painter is looking for help in identifying his own killer when he runs across someone who tells him about a lot of ghosts disappearing all at once. They didn’t move on and they didn’t solve their murder, they just disappeared.
At the same time, a group of ghost hunters with a web/cable show are filming at a home in Scotland when one of them records a spirit looking for “Painter Mann.” Their ratings have been dwindling in recent years and when this occurs the number of social media hashtags and trending topics start to increase. With so much interest, how can they not start to look into who or what Painter Mann might be?
Similar to other noir genre books, this one definitely has a list of very unusual and colorful characters – Jelly Roll, Shark, Madame Mini just to name a few. The book itself flows through Painters encounters with various individuals with conversation styles that are more natural in form. Sometimes that made following the story or the conversation difficult because I would have to pay closer attention to what was being said or done at the time in order to understand where the story was leading us.
Overall, I found the book to be a creative take on the noir and detective genre books, which made for an interesting read since I wasn’t 100% sure where the story would take me.
Recommended for those looking for a different style of detective and private investigation stories or for fans of noir and ghostly encounters.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Thanks to Netgalley and Dee Dee Publishing for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.