Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

Dead to Me by Anton Strout

Title: Dead to Me
Author: Anton Strout
Series: Simon Canderous #1
Genre: Sexy pentacle tattoo - for boys!
Pages: 354
Copyright Date: 2008
Cover: A man stands in front of a busy street, neon signs in the background. He wears a brown trenchcoat and his hands crackle with magical energy.
First line: "I managed to get out a quick 'Tamara, wait...' before I felt the interior doorknob of my SoHo apartment jab into the small of my back."
Best part: Witty and coherent.
Worst part: The bad guys were too easy to figure out.
Imaginary Theme Song*: "I Will Survive" by Donna Summers
Grade: C+
Recommended for: trouble4hire, those who like seeing sexy violent urban fantasy from a guy perspective.
Related Reads: Night Life by Rob Thurman, Black Magic Woman by Justin Gustainis.

Simon Canderous is reformed. No, really, he is! He once used his talent for psychometry to figure out what antique articles to steal, but now he's put his thieving ways behind him working for the DEA (Department of Extraordinary Affairs). Occasionally he may - may! - use his talents at the flea market when money is tight. And maybe sometimes he still falls for the wrong women. Perhaps even several of them at once...

This book is what I wanted Nymphos of the Rocky Flats to be. It's funny, it's witty, there's conspiracy and cute girls, and the protagonist is definitely in the grey area between good and evil. I would have liked a little more doublecrossing, but maybe there will be in the sequel, Deader Still.

*This is a new category that I'm trying out. I'm choosing songs that are either important in the story or that I think capture some of its ambiance. Let me know what you think.
Tags: books 2009, fiction
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