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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Spirit Books; First edition (20 April 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 190934849X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909348493
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K. A. Laity (kalaity.com) writes in a variety of genres and is the author of OWL STRETCHING, CHASTITY FLAME, THE CLADDAGH ICON, UNQUIET DREAMS, PELZMANTEL and many more stories, essays, plays and humour. Laity received a 2006 Finlandia Foundation grant and the 2005 Eureka Short Story Fellowship to work on UNIKIRJA (Dreambook), a collection of short stories based on Finnish mythology and the Kalevala (Aino Press 2009). In 2011-2 she was a Fulbright Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr. Laity is Associate Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose, where she teaches medieval literature, film, New Media and popular culture, with a particular interest in magic -- see her collection ROOK CHANT. She divides her time between NY and Dundee, Scotland. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or follow her blog.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IuchiAtesoro on 2 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I love this cover. It screams Art Deco like a bakelite phone (there is one mentioned in this book). Did I mention how much I love this cover? This needs to be a poster, with shell shaped up-lighters.

Down the rabbit hole we go. Sorry. It just wasn’t possible to start with that. For most of this book the Alice references are not spoken aloud. Until the final part where you realize that even the structure seems to bear similarities. Even down to giving evidence at the end. Of course this could just be my warped little mind.

This book is crime noir, but not as you know it. Nothing in this book is as it first seems. It has more levels than Chuckie Egg. For example the main character is a fake psychic detective, except he isn’t either. There is also the mute assistant that comes across as a mute Lennie from Of Mice And Men but is a lot smarter than he seems. I got so engaged in this story that I deliberately got on a later and slower train yesterday so that I would have a longer reading session. I know.

I’m not really sure how to describe the story. No, really. I’ve been sitting here for about twenty minutes. Story aside I knew I was going to enjoy this book at the mention of the luminiferous ether. Twisting the medium for light to mean the space between this world and the next is a clever touch and I do love me an Einstein reference. There are other references in this book, some literary and some historical. I probably didn’t spot some of them. That doesn’t surprise me as K.A.Laity is really well read and it adds a roundness and depth to her work that sucks the reader in.

For me this is a fun and thrilling read that is the best offering yet from Fox Spirit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 3 Jun 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to admit I'm not a fan of noir (I know, so sue me) but I enjoyed this twisty turny tale. I loved the recalcitrant protagonist Draygo (who I pictured as a very scuzzy but still sexy Toby Stephens - movie adaptors take note!) as he meandered reluctantly through the grimy backstreets of an underland wonderland.

Peppered with masses of references to all the things we know Kate enjoys (which are fun as always to spot) I'd love to read more about the psycho psychic and the world he inhabits, maybe in a series or a longer book form?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Horsley on 29 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
White Rabbit is an original take on an established genre, re-imagining the downbeat noir private dick as a psychic, and not just any old psychic either, but a real psychic masquerading as a charlatan. Just to keep things (even more) interesting, Laity fuses the tropes of hardboiled noir with the surreal imagery of Alice in Wonderland, creating an idiosyncratic world that is simultaneously colourful and gritty, comic and mysterious.

The narrative centres on former detective James Draygo who has reached something of a personal low after a case gone bad. He’s down, he’s on drugs (Fairy Dust amongst other poisons) and he’s taking on jobs as a sham clairvoyant in spite of his actual ability to speak to the dead.

When his latest client - a comically tacky femme fatale and the wife of a famous gangster - is killed in front of him mid-séance, Draygo ends up in the frame. In order to save himself, he teams up with journalist Saunders who has her own reasons to discover the truth behind the murder and unravel the mystery of the titular White Rabbit.

On top of his own quest, the ghost of the murdered trophy wife won’t let Draygo alone until he finds out what the White Rabbit is and why she was murdered. The paranormal PI’s ability to see dead people helps him turn up clues, but it’s his own human frailty that threatens to stand in the way of his redemption.

Laity’s writing is punchy and readable and she has a knack for slang and banter. The whole style of the genre mash-up keeps the reader on their toes, because with noir, the supernatural and the Carroll-bunny theme all in play, we never know what’s coming next. As the story moves forward, it becomes increasingly pacy and gripping and in the final act I was glued to the spot until I finished it.

This was a very enjoyable, different read, a gripping mystery full of sly humour, witty wordplay and characters who, despite often being dead, are very fully brought to life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 30 Jun 2014
Format: Paperback
Now, I was a very happy bunny when this plonked down on my mat. Yes, we have a mat and no, I don't it's a rabbit on the cover. The cover is amazing tho - very simple Art Deco, but also a gorgeous blend of colours. The whole supernatural noir angle appealed to me, as did the humour. There's a lot of dead jokes and loving descriptions of Real Ale, and the joys of shadowy pubs. Which is all to the good. The plot doesn't rely on mental twists like a lot of modern fiction - just the usual boy meets girl, girl is shot and returns as a ghost. And more references to the The Fall than I've seen anywhere. Worth it just for the cover, but its well written and you'll be helping a great independent press if you buy it. And helping yourself, of course. Go on, you know you want to!
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