The Straight Razor Cure | Daniel Polansky | Hodder | August 2011
About the Book
Welcome to Low Town.
Here, the criminal is king. The streets are filled with the screeching of fish hags, the cries of swindled merchants, the inviting murmurs of working girls. Here, people can disappear, and the lacklustre efforts of the guard ensure they are never found.
Warden is an ex-soldier who has seen the worst men have to offer; now a narcotics dealer with a rich, bloody past and a way of inviting danger. You’d struggle to find someone with a soul as dark and troubled as his.
But then a missing child, murdered and horribly mutilated, is discovered in an alley.
And then another.
With a mind as sharp as a blade and an old but powerful friend in the city, he’s the only man with a hope of finding the killer.
If the killer doesn’t find him first.
I can’t remember who tweeted about The Straight Razor Cure, but it came when I was just thinking about mixing my YA reading up, with some fantasy novels anyway, and it looked to be just the ticket!
Unfortunately I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the original tweeter did. I spent much of the novel, alternating between imagining tearing through the rest of the series, and wanting the damn thing to just be done.
While I enjoyed the characters and the gang at The Earl (the inn, where Warden lives and is parter of), the setting of Low Town, and much of the mystery itself, it just didn’t engage me as much as I was hoping. I have considered reading on, just to, you know. See what what happens next, but having checked the synopses, they are just not grabbing me.
I should say, that looking at the reviews online, there are plenty of huge fans of the series, who clearly enjoyed it much more than I did. So, if it does sound like your sort of thing, then you should definitely give it a try.