Humorously quirky similes and metaphors string together the narrative of a complex mystery involving the local mob, business investors, a dozen murders, and a bank deposit made forcibly at gunpoint. The backstory is intricately and masterfully woven into the forward momentum of the story. Take a noir detective story and intersperse it with the fantasy world of werewolves, vampires, trolls, and goblins, and you have the world depicted in Fallen on Good Times. This book reads quickly, even with frequent pauses to laugh out loud, and is one that’s difficult to put down. I’ve had this on my reading list for some time and I’m sorry I didn’t get to it sooner!
Laslo Kane is a private investigator in the city of Pilgrim’s Wane. He wants out of the job, because he never imagined that he would be killing fantastical creatures and making friends with ghosts in order to get the job done. He’s in constant danger, he’s tired, and he misses the love of his life. But there is one more job to do, and it’s paying well enough to make him comfortable for a long while. The kicker: he has to confront the city’s mob led by a towering and intimidating ogre. And their overall plan is nothing like Laslo imagined.
I recommend this read to anyone who appreciates the old style trench-coat private dick story. With the added flare of the supernatural, this is an enticing story.