on Dec. 21, 2009
Peter Ball nails the noir voice exactly, blending the fantasy elements into the weave seamlessly.
A hard-bitten ex-cop turned private investigator is called in to deal with a young girl's death that appears to involve the "weird stuff" that the PI has history with.
There's rampant unicorns, faerie queens, hobgoblins, and sparkly fairies, but it's still dark and gritty and completely urban and non-Disney.
The references to back-story, the histories that these characters have shared off the page, is so Chandleresque and pitch-perfect that it had me smiling even while I read on to see how it all resolved.
A wonderful debut, and I look forward to the sequels that have been promised.