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Sandman Slim: A Novel by Richard Kadrey
Cover Artist: Arcangel Images / Will Staehle
Review by Gayle Surrette
Eos Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061714306
Date: 01 August 2009 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Harper Collins Author Website / Show Article /

From the moment James Stark lands on a burning pile of rubbish in a cemetery, until the concluding page, the reader is dropped into a story that is smart, witty, confusing, original, and totally engrossing. Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim is definitely something new in a field that seems to be getting a bit staid.

From official release/information:

Product Description: When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown to Hell where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle led by the conniving and powerful Mason Faim that stole his life.

Though nearly everything has changed, one constant remains: his friend Vidocq, a 200-year-old Frenchman who has been keeping vigil for the young magician's return. But when Stark's first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head that belongs to the first of the circle, a sleazy video store owner named Kasabian, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than he counted on, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future. . .

(Source: Eos)

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