By Stephen Blackmoore
(DAW, Mass Market Paperback, 9780756407742, 256pp.)
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Categories: Fantasy - General
Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it's a title Eric Carter is stuck with.
He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He's turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.
When he left LA fifteen years ago, he thought he'd never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.
But now his sister's been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why.
Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it's the patrion saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who's taken an unusually keen interest in him.
Carter's going to find out who did it, and he's going to make them pay.
As long as they don't kill him first.
Stephen Blackmoore is a Los Angeles-based writer of crime and horror. His short stories have appeared in the magazines Needle, Plots With Guns, Spinetingler, Thrilling Detective, Shots, and Demolition. He has also written essays on Los Angeles politics and crime for the website LAVoice.org and the LA Noir true crime blog (la-noir.blogspot.com). His work also appears in the noir anthology Uncage Me and in the anthology Deadly Treats.
"Blackmoore employs Chandleresque prose to smoothly incorporate a hard-boiled sense of urban despair into a paranormal plot.... Urban fantasy readers will appreciate the polished, assured writing and hope for a bevy of sequels."
"For a book all about dead things, this novel is alive with great characters and a twisty, scary-funny story that teaches you not to tango with too much necromancy. My favorite book this year, bar none."
-Chuck Wendig, author of BLACKBIRDS and MOCKINGBIRD
"A head-shakingly perfect blend of zombie schlock, deadpan wit, startling profanity, desperate improvisation and inventive brilliance."
-Kirkus (starred review for CITY OF THE LOST)
"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
"The gritty streets of CITY OF THE LOST are filled with snappy dialog, and fascinating characters, as well as a rollercoaster of a plot that doesn't slow down from beginning to end. This is the zombie crime novel we didn't know we were all waiting for."
-Seanan McGuire, author of DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON