Thursday, 3 September 2015

Hallow Point by Ari Marmell

In an alternative 1930s Chicago, Private Detective Mick Oberon is set on the trail of the mythical Spear of Lugh. It is said that whoever carries the spear can never be defeated in battle, and so inevitably he is not the only party after such an elusive artefact. 

Its seekers include mobsters, members of the Seelie and Unseelie courts and a mysterious agent of the Wild Hunt. Faced against such competition, you’d think Mick has his work cut out for him (which he does) although he has some tricks of his own, including his trusty wand (him being Fae and all). 

Add to that the surly cops breathing down his neck and a beautiful but elusive woman thrown into the mix, Mick has to use all his wiles to solve the mystery and keep himself on the good side of the many parties involved. 

This is the second Mick Oberon job (book) and I haven’t read the first one, but they stand alone well enough and you get the gist of the magical underworld that has been set up. Mick is certainly a unique character. He is a very clever and witty and his narration is styled to fit the times with his all American 1930s slang. If you’re not used to it, you have to concentrate to understand the way he speaks, but it makes his character and his story all the more original, and he was very easy to like. 

Even though I think he’s fair, I kind of imagined him as the actor Josh Brolin; stalking the streets in his overcoat and fedora, gruffly narrating (and generally bitching) about his latest case. There are a lot of characters to get to grips with, human and otherworldly alike, so another reason to pay attention, but definitely worth the extra brain power. 

The mix of 1930s mobsters and criminal underworld with magic and Faerie mythology is genius and makes for a incredibly entertaining story in a concept well put together. The mythological, magical parts in no way detract from the action, and there is plenty of mystery, violence and criminal activity to satisfy any hardboiled crime fan. 

PIs always make for interesting characters; thrown into a convoluted, often life threatening conundrum and this definitely rates highly in the originality stakes. Exciting and entertaining, action packed and pacy, Hallow Point is a genre-defying novel bursting with crime and fantasy that will be a great treat for adventurous readers. 

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