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Burn Me Deadly: An Eddie LaCrosse Novel by Alex Bledsoe
Cover Artist: Jean-Sébastien Rossbach
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765322210
Date: 09 November 2009 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

A detective noir set in a fantasy quasi-Middle Ages setting, Alex Bledsoe's Burn me Deadly, a sequel to the The Sword-Edged Blonde continues the saga of sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. He and his horse Lola almost trample a fleeing woman. Naked and frightened, she begs for his help, and Eddie agrees to take her to the nearest town. However, someone knocks him unconscious and he wakes briefly somewhere to find himself bound and the woman dangling in manacles from the ceiling. He passes out and wakes again when he, the woman, and his horse are thrown off a cliff.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Alex Bledsoe's first novel, The Sword-Edged Blonde, drew rave reviews for its ingenious blend of fantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction. Now Bledsoe returns with an all-new tale of mean streets and medieval intrigue.

Above Angelina's Tavern in down-and-dirty Neceda you'll find the office of Eddie LaCrosse, a freelance sword jockey who, for twenty-five gold pieces a day, will take on any task short of murder for hire. Eddie's on his way back from a routine investigation when his horse almost runs down a half-naked blonde in serious trouble. Against his better judgment, he promises to protect the frightened young woman, only to find himself waylaid by unknown assailants and left for dead beside her mutilated body.

Eddie isn't the kind of guy to just let something like this pass. But who killed Laura Lesperitt? Eddie's quest for payback leads him to a tangled mystery involving a notorious crime lord, a backwoods dragon cult, royal scandals, and a duplicitous femme fatale who has trouble keeping her clothes on. As bodies pile up, attracting the unwelcome attention of the king's guards, Eddie must use all his wits if he hopes to survive . . .

(Source: Tor Books)

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