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Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

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These are the chronicles of a book addict, a photo junkie, and an aspiring author, rewriting the very fabric of reality one page (and one snapshot) at a time. From the strange to the unusual; the abandoned to the abnormal; the haunted to the historic; the supernatural to the surreal; the forests of dark fantasy, the cemeteries of gothic horror, and the post-apocalyptic ruins of science fiction are the landscapes of my imagination.

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Deathstalker Rebellion: Being the Second Part of the Life and Times of Owen Deathstalker
Simon R. Green
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Bring Down The Furies

Bring Down The Furies - Parker Francis On the surface, civil war history, archaeological investigation, and fanatical creationism seem like an odd mix with which to lay the foundations for a contemporary mystery, but Parker Francis brings it all together and makes it work.

Bring Down The Furies centres around Quint Mitchell, private investigator, and his search for Ricardo DeAngelis, the so-called Heartthrob Bandit. His investigations lead him to a small town of in South Carolina where even the Heartthrob Bandit must take a back seat to a serial arsonist and the very public, media-fuelled confrontation between Dr. Youngblood and Pastor Labon.

The interwoven investigations work remarkably well, maintaining an honest sense of mystery, and keeping the story moving. You can feel the tension running through the town, along with the mix of terror and anger. Allendale is a sad little town, full of decaying Southern charm, and very much aware of its storied history. The characters are surprisingly well-developed as well, coming across as genuine inhabitants, rather than just the standard roles required by the mystery genre. Even the gruff sheriff manages to surpass his role.

There are several twists to the story, with a few surprises along the way. I wasn't expecting the efficiency with which Francis wraps things up. In fact, I was worried there would be too much coincidence and convenience required to tie up all the loose threads but, without giving away any spoilers, it all comes together very well in the end.

Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins