Series: Mookie Pearl #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Angry Robot on May 28, 2013
Cover Artist: Joey Hi-Fi
Reviewed by: Chris
Meet Mookie Pearl.
Criminal underworld? He runs in it.
Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.
Nothing stops Mookie when he's on the job.
But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something's gotta give...
Every once in awhile you come across a book that hits every sweet spot you have when it comes to fiction. THE BLUE BLAZES by Chuck Wendig is such a book.
Seriously, folks, this book has everything I love. Mobsters! Monsters! Violence! Gratuitous swearing! In all honesty I'm certain that Wendig wrote this book especially for me. From page one to the very end I enjoyed every single word. Between THE BLUE BLAZES and TRICKSTER, 2013 is becoming an excellent year for gritty, awesome urban fantasy.
Oh, yeah, so what's it about, you ask? The book centers (for the most part) on Mookie Pearl. Mookie works for the Organization. They're ones that control the supply of the titular "Blue Blazes" - a drug that gives you increased strength, endurance and the ability to see the denizens of the Underworld.
In the first few chapters we find out that Mookie's daughter Nora has also been getting involved in the criminal underworld and that the Boss of the Organization is dying of cancer. The Boss tasks Mookie with finding the mythical drug known as Death's Head or The Purple. This one is believed to cure everything and quite possibly bring the dead back to life. This sets of a story that moves at break-neck speed as Mookie finds himself in the caverns and tunnels below New York as he searches for the Death's Head. He'll fight goblins, ghosts and a multitude of other creatures.
The world of THE BLUE BLAZES is fantastic - think Neil Gaiman's NEVERWHERE written as a mob book - and as Wendig slowly reveals more and more of the demonic underbelly of New York you can't help but go along for the ride. At turns creepy and horrifying (but always entertaining), THE BLUE BLAZES is a must-read. I'm kicking myself for not checking out Wendig's work before now. Don't make the same mistake I did.
- The Blue Blazes
- Bloody Bride