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The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polanski.  Pub. Hodder and Stoughton

Rigus is the greatest city in the Thirteen Lands, a glittering metropolis of crystaline citidels and sumptuous manors, where gentlewomen hide delicate smiles behind silken sleeves and bored nobles settle affairs of honour with cold steel.  But light casts shadow, and in the darkness of the spires the baseborn struggle, eeking out an existence amidst the cast-offs of their betters.  This is Low Town, a sprawling warren of side streets and back alleys, of boarded up windows and false storefronts.  Here the corner boys do a steady trade to the dead-eyed and despairing, and a life can be bought with a clipped copper penny.

Low Town is an ugly place, and its champion is an ugly man.  A former war hero and intelligence agent, now a crime lord addicted to cheap violence and expensive narcotics, the Warden spends his days hustling for customers and protecting his turf, until the chance discovery of a murdered child sets him on a collision course with the life he’s left behind.  As bodies bloat in the canal and winter buries the city, he plays a desperate game of deception, pitting the underworld powers against his former colleagues in the secret police, hoping to find the source of the evil before it consumes him, and perhaps the city itself.

Virtue is rarely repaid in kind… and Low Town is no place for the righteous.

In the tradition of Dashiell Hammett and Gene Wolfe comes The Straight Razor Cure, a novel about the taint of blood and the impossibility of redemption.  Bold, brilliant writing makes this a debut that will change the fantasy world landscape.

(Look out for my review here on the Geek Syndicate website, soon.  Dion.)

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