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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Reprint edition (9 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765365898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765365897
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 64.5 x 434.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"["Burn Me Deadly"] gives every evidence that Bledsoe's combination of sword and sorcery with hard-boiled detection will have a long and successful run. . . . Bledsoe effortlessly draws readers into his created world and manages to stay true to both fantasy and mystery traditions."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

"A compelling story with fascinating characters--who are so witty and whose attitude is so wry that I laughed "and" cared."--Orson Scott Card on "The Sword-Edged Blonde

""Both stylish and self-assured: Raymond Chandler meets Raymond E. Feist." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) on "The Sword-Edged Blonde"

About the Author

ALEX BLEDSOE is the author of two previous Eddie LaCrosse novels, The Sword-Edged Blonde and Burn Me Deadly.

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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the fourth of the Eddie La Crosse novels we found our “sword jockey” getting involved in all sorts of shenanigans in the court of a small kingdom. With the author’s usual entertaining view of some themes that may seem familiar. Here we have a King who has pulled a mythical sword from a tree and united a kingdom, assisted by a group of loyal and honourable knights.

Eddie gets thrown into a murder mystery in a kingdom full of dark secrets. And it is, as usual, an entertaining ride. Good characters with a modern twist, so we have knights called, for instance, Bob and a fun look at the legends of Arthur. It is, indeed, good stuff. If I had a slight criticism it would be in a somewhat abrupt ending, some of the characters you had invested time in getting to know just vanished. I even had to re-read the last couple of chapters to really understand what happened. So I would have like a bit more clarity at the end, but otherwise enjoyable stuff.
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What do you get when you mix together a mix of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, a pinch of black humor, Django, Snow White, magic, a sword, a coffin, beautiful and mysterious women, the Arthurian legend, a medieval world? I assume nothing really worth to read. But offer these ingredients Alex Bledsoe and you get the third adventure of sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse: DARK JENNY.

And that is exactly the right point to send a big thank you over the pond to Alex Bledsoe for sending me a signed copy of DARK JENNY.
I read the 348 pages divided into 35 chapters in just three sessions.

After the THE SWORD-EDGED BLONDE and BURN ME DEADLY we dive with DARK JENNY for the first time for a whole story into Eddie's past.

It is winter in Muscodia. A favorite meeting point in the town of Neceda is Angelina's Tavern which is at the same time the office of sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. On a hard winter day a messinger delivers a six feet tall coffin. The recipient is Eddie. Everybody insight the tavern is keen to know who is inside the coffin. After some preparations Eddie is willing to tell the background story of the coffin content. And that is where we go back in time with Eddie LaCrosse who is an exceptionally gifted story teller. Like people in the tavern you are immediately drawn into the story. You will loose contact to your surrounding. Fortunately there are some breaks when Eddie needs a drink. That is exactly the time you should use to go to toilet and get some refreshments. The story is significantly influenced by the arthurian legend. That is the familiar element of the story. The salt in the soup is Eddie LaCrosse. He makes the story extraordinary and unique.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Jarring mash-up of Arthurian myth & tough guy noir 19 Jun. 2015
By Tom Timmerman - Published on
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A retelling of the Arthur story from the perspective of a psuedo-private eye, this story suffers from distracting incongruities in the setting, characters, and language. The Eddie Lacrosse stories take place in an undistinguished, low-magic fantasy world, but the characters act and speak more like they're in a shallow version of post-WWII Los Angeles than a place with medieval values and social hierarchies. For example, the protagonist is constantly described by himself and everyone around him as a "sword jockey", an awkward label for a mercenary private agent that sounds more like 20th Century slang than something out of a feudal environment.

This book tries to follow the path laid by Glen Cook's popular Garrett, P.I. books. But where Cook's tongue is firmly in his cheek as he uses the fantasy setting to poke some fun at the hard-boiled detective genre, Bledsoe plays it mostly straight, which makes the incongruities stand out in harsh relief. Can't recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Fantasy Noir 18 Sept. 2011
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Eddie LaCrosse is a self described `Sword Jockey'. A former mercenary turned P.I (albeit middle-ages style), Eddie is hired to check up on a nobleman suspected of adultery. A turn of events however has our wise-cracking hero at the pointy end of a sword, manacles on his wrists and a lot of people calling for his execution.

At a reception for Queen Jennifer Drake, a murder is committed with Eddie and the Queen herself as the prime suspects. With his life at stake, Eddie jumps into the investigation determined to clear his own name and bring the killer to justice. But immediately, he finds this is not a clear cut act of murder but a more involved political gambit to discredit the Queen and the throne.

Bledsoe weaves a wonderful tale of political intrigue, action and the right amount of humor. Drawing loosely on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable, the story unfolds with some familiarity and plenty of surprising changes, twists and characters that keep you guessing until the very end. The dialog is witty, the action scenes are fast and well placed, and the characters leave you wanting for more. This book, even though the third in the LaCrosse series easily stands alone.

Dark Jenny is the perfect crossover for both lovers of the classic hardboiled detective novels of Micky Spillain as well as those who love the high adventure styling found within the Arthurian legends.

A great read!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read this year 15 Jun. 2011
By Deborah Blake - Published on
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Alex Bledsoe is one of my favorite authors, and I love his Eddie LaCrosse books most of all. The combination of sword and sorcery fantasy and noir detective novel is one of the most original, clever things I have ever seen, and Bledsoe pulls it off with panache and wit.

Eddie LaCrosse is a sword-jockey for hire and the books follow his various adventures. But the tale told on a winter's day of his travels years before to the island kingdom of Grand Braun hold an even more unusual theme than this amazing take on the King Arthur story.

A must read, highly recommended.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 26 May 2017
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Tried but just couldn't get into it.
4.0 out of 5 stars phenominal book, 25 Dec. 2013
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This series by itself is phenominal, easily one of my favorite series out right now, given that so far all online orders for books I've put in have come to me damaged (you know,those slightly bent pages on the end, the occasional ripped page, and the few pages that didnt get enough ink and came out hazy looking) but other than the physical discrepancies the book itself is one of the best.
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