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'til Death: Second Impressions (Rockwell Return Files) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 26, 2016
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Detective Sam Rockwell returns with his sassy fiance Amelia as they investigate more shady shenanigans, this time heading to San Francisco to track down a Return (a recently deceased ghost with unfinished business) who has outstayed it’s welcome.
As the investigation progresses, once again Sam finds himself mixed up in something far bigger than he could ever have expected, as he and Amelia are exposed to more danger than ever before.
Once again, Anspach does a commendable job of evoking the 50’s era, with wonderfully detailed descriptions and informed cultural references, as well as the snappy, movie-style banter between the various characters throughout, and the fact that it never takes itself too seriously is a big plus.
The Cold War backdrop, coupled with the vivid nostalgia balance each other nicely, and although there is the usual violence and mayhem involved with a murder mystery, and a ruthless villain to contend with, Anspach keeps proceedings as lighthearted and funny as possible, maintaining the all-important entertainment factor at all times.
M.S. Corley also returns for art duties, and his gorgeously retro cover is the icing on the cake.
Witty, warm and decidedly old-school, this sequel delivers laughs and peril in equal measures with all the style and grace of an almost-forgotten era.
It would have been easy for Anspach to simply reheat the plot of his first book and rehash the same plot points, but he advances the narrative, putting his protagonists in danger throughout the book with plenty of surprises for all. I really enjoyed where he took the overall mechanics of the universe, not afraid to switch up what the readership was expecting from the characters, taking us on new and unpredictable adventures on America's west coast in the decade following World War II.
I really look forward to what he's got lined up for us next, especially with the twists he added in the final chapter of Second Impressions. What a fun and nostalgic look back with a keen eye on the unexpected.
Update: I have been told that, indeed, the wrong file was uploaded and that the error has been corrected!
I can hardly wait for the novel 'Til Death: No Returns...