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This review is from: Caine Black Knife: The Acts of Caine: Book 3 (Kindle Edition)
This is the trickiest book I've read in 10 years. And I mean that in the sense that it is doing so much work behind the scenes under the guise of a fantasy detective story. It has all the elements of great Stover, gripping narrative voice, pulse pounding story, and desperate choices, told as two stories set 25 years apart. Stover ambitiously modifies his structure and prose, using scorched and sparse verbiage, all at once perfectly capturing a waste-land fantasy setting, an older even more desperate character, a set of insane secrets, and some heavy duty 'more than meets the eye' that sets up book 4. I read this book and then re-read it because Stover's work actually reads like something the matters, not disposable fiction for simple entertainment, but something where the author is partnering with you, letting you really bring your experiences and thoughts along on the adventure and requires you to be an active participant much more so than ostensibly genre fiction.
For Caine Black Knife Stover also channels his love for classic noir detective stories, but with fantasy setting. His love for the roots of the Caine character, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Jim Thomson is definitely on display and totally works. By the end there is a satisfying double barrel punch to the gut across both of the dual stories, setting up book 4 as only Caine can and should. 5 stars.