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Hammers on Bone (Persons Non Grata Book 1) (utgåvan 2016)

av Cassandra Khaw (Författare)

Serier: Persons Non Grata (1)

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"John Persons is a private investigator with a distasteful job from an unlikely client. He's been hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid's stepdad, McKinsey. The man in question is abusive, abrasive, and abominable. He's also a monster, which makes Persons the perfect thing to hunt him. Over the course of his ancient, arcane existence, he's hunted gods and demons, and broken them in his teeth. As Persons investigates the horrible McKinsey, he realizes that he carries something far darker. He's infected with an alien presence, and he's spreading that monstrosity far and wide. Luckily Persons is no stranger to the occult, being an ancient and magical intelligence himself. The question is whether the private dick can take down the abusive stepdad without releasing the holds on his own horrifying potential"--… (mer)
Medlem:Teuthex
Titel:Hammers on Bone (Persons Non Grata Book 1)
Författare:Cassandra Khaw (Författare)
Info:Tordotcom (2016), 110 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
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As all faithful readers of this blog know, I don't read horror.

Except when I do.

This is Tor's free download for September, and it features a P.I., and a kid who wants his stepdad killed. His stepdad is an abusive monster...no, literally, a monster.

Which is what makes John Persons, P.I., right for the job. He's a P.I. right out of the noir era, and that's because he's a monster, too, and the intelligence keeping the body alive and working is way older than anything as recent as the noir era.

So, reluctantly, Persons agrees to take the case, with the promise of being paid with the contents of the boy's piggy bank.

But as he meets the boy's mother, and stepdad, and the foreman where the stepdad works, and the young woman who manages a little hole in the wall restaurant he likes, it's clear there's something odd here, odder than just things like himself, who aren't the Great Old Ones, but are probably closely related, hanging around and messing with people.

It's tricky and dangerous, and there just might be a double-cross in here somewhere.

Khaw keeps Persons believably in line with his chosen noir persona, as everything around him is a grubby part of 21st century London, and keeps the reader guessing about what, exactly, is really going on. An entertaining read.

This is, as I said above, Tor's free download for this month, and I am reviewing it voluntarily. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 17, 2021 |
This is what you get when you merge Chandler and Lovecraft and add a contemporary edge. PI John Persons is hired by a ten-year old client to kill the child's abusive stepdad, McKinsey. Persons speaks and acts like the protagonist of a hardboiled detective novel and Khan does a get job of evoking the language and style of noir. But Persons is also an ancient monster battling ancient cosmic Lovecraftian entities - the same Ancient Ones who have seemingly taken possession of McKinsey. The result is a recent classic of weird fiction, a genre-bending divertissement rich in atmosphere and blood ... and tentacles. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Mar 5, 2021 |
I originally bought this book as a present for my 15 year old niece. On reading, I'm thinking my sister would hunt me down if I gifted it. I loved it but it's a bit too much for her. (not to mention I don't believe she's read any Lovecraft which definitely sets the tone) ( )
  Damiella | Aug 18, 2020 |
I think I can read this kind of fiction forever. Like, literally 78 million years in the future, as an immortal intellectual bug, I will be reading this fiction.

To me, Lovecraftian horror is tops. Add a very solid Noir to it, a big of crunching bone and eyes everywhere, a case to solve, and I'm in heaven. Or some outer dimensional equivalent made of ice and regret and nostalgia.

Hardbitten PI meets tentacled horrors. Of course, he is one, too. :)

Highly recommended. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
An unconventional noir novella with the distinct flavor of Mieville and Lovecraft, and a dash of hashtag Elder Gods mythos thrown in. Entertaining if a bit brief, and ecstatic if a bit forced, it is nonetheless a daring mishmash of fun otherworldly ideas. ( )
  LSPopovich | Apr 8, 2020 |
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"John Persons is a private investigator with a distasteful job from an unlikely client. He's been hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid's stepdad, McKinsey. The man in question is abusive, abrasive, and abominable. He's also a monster, which makes Persons the perfect thing to hunt him. Over the course of his ancient, arcane existence, he's hunted gods and demons, and broken them in his teeth. As Persons investigates the horrible McKinsey, he realizes that he carries something far darker. He's infected with an alien presence, and he's spreading that monstrosity far and wide. Luckily Persons is no stranger to the occult, being an ancient and magical intelligence himself. The question is whether the private dick can take down the abusive stepdad without releasing the holds on his own horrifying potential"--

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