Yancy Lazarus is having a bad day: there's a bullet lodged in his butt cheek, his face looks like the site of a demolition derby, and he's been saran-wrapped to a banquet table. He never should have answered the phone. Stupid bleeding heart - helping others in his circles is a good way to die - just ask the gang members ripped to pieces by some kind of demonic nightmare in LA.
As a favor to a friend, Yancy agrees to take a little looksee into the massacre and boom, he's stuck in a turf war between two rival gangs, which both think he's pinch-hitting for the other side. Oh, and there's also a secretive dark mage with some mean ol' magical chops and a small army of hyena-faced, body-snatching baddies. It might be time to seriously reconsider some of his life choices.
Yancy is a bluesman, a rambler, a gambler, but not much more. Sure, he can do a little magic - maybe even more than just a little magic - but he knows enough to keep his head down and stay clear of freaky-deaky hoodoo like this business in LA. Somehow though, he's been set up to take a real bad fall - the kind of very permanent fall that leaves a guy with a toe tag. That's unless, of course, he can find out who is responsible for the gangland murders, make peace in the midst of the gang feud, and takeout said magical dark mage before he hexes Yancy into an early retirement. Easy right? Stupid. Bleeding. Heart.
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Wiseguy Wizard from the South?
A lot of other reviews mentioned the narration was lacking. I don’t know Charlie Kevin’s voice sounds like a real tough guy, the kind of guy who is a real badass who can freeze your eye balls. I don’t know I think it is ok. Yancy Lazarus was born in Montana and grew up on North Carolina, maybe he would have more of a southern twang who knows?
If you can get past the first few hours, it starts to get better. The thing I did not like was the constant smart ass remarks. OK, I get it Yancy is a cynical bastard enough already.
Overall it was an interesting 6 hours. Fast pace, interesting magic, alright characters, alright plot, it's an alright book.