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Publisher's Summary

Disgraced during the Demon War, Dwarf investigator Snazdaggin Kundarik (Spade to his friends) wants nothing more than a desk to sleep on, a bottle of grog to drink, and the occasional easy case for quick pay.
Then a mysterious female Elf from the posh side of town shows up and offers him exoneration for his past sins and lots of gold. All he has to do is follow her brother and report his activities. Simple, right?
He should have known better. The simple job soon spirals out of control. Spade finds himself sucked into intrigue, powerful magic, and the hunt for a weapon powerful enough to end the world. Ill-prepared, Spade forges on with the aid of his hapless sidekick and a reluctant female warrior.
Will he survive long enough to save the world and get his grog?
©2016 Paul Barrett (P)2017 Paul Barrett
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 03-22-18

A fantastical retelling of a classic noir story

Sometimes, comedy is hard. Sometimes, it is impossible.

On rare occassions, comedy will work. And on less frequent occurances thn that , comedy is funny.

This book is funny. It plays out the classic Maltese Falcon storyline, only set in a fantasy world. This elevates the original story more than you might have thought possible. Spade's lizard folk companions are good for some chuckles, and the story fills in laughs in very unexpected places. Oh, it does so in expected places too.

Jack Wayne nails the mood with his narration, delivery and tone. I listen to a lot of different narrators, and have some particular favorites, but I cannot see anyone else doing the job that he did here. It is hard to believe that this book came out two years ago, as this feels like a real classic. It has real meat on its bones. It is a rare book that can take and remain close to its source material, but convert it into something very different, and make it funny. I don't recall ever lightly chuckling while watching the Malteese Falcon.


Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By TU on 05-11-17

Wish I could give more stars! Great Book!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, this was a great combination of detective noir with fantasy. The story was fun,interesting and exceedingly entertaining.

The narrator, though, truly made this audio book for me. He has become one of my favorites. I will look for more from him!

If you like either noir (think Dick Tracy) or high fantasy (Lord of the Rings), you should definitely check this one out.

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5 out of 5 stars
By MCR. on 12-06-17

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This is such a strange but really marvellous story that was so good I listened to it in one sitting despite it being quite long. I had to carry my kindle round the flat with me lol. It is very exciting and has some very different and endering heroes as the principal characters. Some of the dialogue was so funny it cracked me up but I have a feeling it wasn't meant to be. I think it was sort of tongue in cheek. The narrator, principal character, was great made me think of Sam Spade and maybe that is why his nickname was "Spade". The voices for the "Others" we're just too hilarious and I could not stop smiling. I am so glad I was alone I must have looked so daft. The recording really deserved the 5 stars I gave it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amy on 07-14-17

,Detective Dungeons and Dragons...AWESOME!

This is a light, fun, gently humourous book which feels remarkably substantial and, despite the oddities, real. I loved it and can wholeheartedly recommend it to other listeners. My deep thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me my copy of Malaise Falchion: The Spade Case Files , and so introduced me to Jack Wayne I enjoyed it so much that I have already requested another book narrated by him. He has a voice like great bourbon and warm honey and portrayed Spate our resident gumshoe detective exceedingly well.He made him sound like an old black and white movie detective in a long cote a hat and a cigar in his mouth wondering where his next drink was coming for and getting tangled up with some dame.That's the mental image I got anyway ...even though he no human thats still the vibe I got.Making him a dwarf just rolled this book in to my wheelhouse :) And as it goes Spade does indeed get tangled up with "some dame"which leads him down a crazy path filled with.Elf Clans,Necromancers,zombies,teleportation,Magical assassins ,People with blindspots for family ,a twin tragedy dilemma,Dragons,spells,And lets face it general hi-jinx ensue.
Jack Wayne was the perfect narrator for this,his voice is deep and has an amazing timbre to it but he still manages to pull off Liz's voice wonderfully.Liz is my favorite character.what urban fantasy female addict doesn't love a hot lizard lady who can kick some major butt and has her bow and arrow and can transmogrify .My favorite part was 100% the "Dragon Line" it is like this worlds airline.I was in stitches as the "Air hosted " went through the "safety" protocols although I loved Spades assistant krislik.Join Spade and his merry band of misfits on this their mission to stop a weapon from devastating the world as they know it with the big threat from the Colder coven.I promise It is epicly worth your time and credit.

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