Series: Sandman Slim #5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Harper Voyager on July 30th, 2013
Another day, another apocalypse
James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has managed to get out of Hell, renounce his title as the new Lucifer, and settle back into life in L.A. But he also lost the Qomrama Om Ya, an all-powerful weapon from the banished older gods. Older gods who are returning and searching for their lost power.
The hunt leads Stark to an abandoned shopping mall—a global shopping paradise infested with Lurkers and wretched bottom-feeding Sub Rosa families, squatters who have formed tight tribes to guard their tiny patches of retail wasteland. Somewhere in this kill zone is a dead man with the answers Stark needs. All Stark has to do is find the dead man, recover the artifact, and outwit and outrun the angry old gods—and natural-born killers—on his tail.
But not even Sandman Slim is infallible, and any mistakes will cost him dearly.
When it comes to the Sandman Slim novels it seems that people either love them or hate them. I personally fall in to the former camp. These books are fantastic when you just want a book where the character kicks some ass and gets involved in all sorts of crazy shit. Yet there comes a point where even I was wondering just how much crazy shit ol' Sandman Slim could get in to and still keep the books fresh. I shouldn't have worried because KILL CITY BLUES was all that and more
The book opens with Stark (Sandman Slim) and Lucifer (the original one) sitting in a diner. It doesn't take long before someone is trying to kill Stark. Why? They believe he's still in possession of the Qomrama Om Ya. What's that, you ask? It's a weapon for killing gods and the cult of the ancient gods wants it so they can bring their gods back to power.
Going up against crazies is nothing new for this series, but this time Stark isn't going it alone. The novel brings back Bridgette, Candy, Father Traven, Allegra and Vidocq. And, of course, everybody's favorite disembodied head - Kasabian. This ragtag group needs to storm an abandoned mall full of Lurkers and all sorts of other nasties in order to find the Qomrama Om Ya before the bad guys do.
The fact that - for once - Stark isn't going it alone is the highlight of this book. Sure, the other characters would briefly get in on the action in the other books, but nothing like they do here in KILL CITY BLUES. Getting to see them take part in the ass-kicking was a treat and I hope the next book keeps with the trend. Kadrey has successfully avoided making any of the five books in this series feel like a rehash and if you're looking for a funny, violent, take-no-prisoners novel then you certainly won't go wrong with this one.
- Sandman Slim
- Kill the Dead
- Aloha From Hell
- Devil Said Bang
- Twenty Palaces Series by Harry Connolly