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Low Town
by Daniel Polansky
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Doubleday, 2011 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

While fantasy is not my favorite genre, I have to admit Daniel Polansky's first novel, Low Town, caught my attention from the first page.

This new kid in town sure can write. He has conjured up a story that will have the reader spellbound. Be prepared. This is not a frothy tale full of light and wonderful happenings.

It has drug dealings (in fact, the protagonist The Warden is a drug dealer sampling his own wares), brothels, and dirty politicians as well as corrupt police. Throw in a sprinkling of sorcery and you have the basis for a noir fantasy that will keep you spell-bound literally.

Ritualistic murders of children hold the inhabitants of Low Town in fear, and dead bodies litter the ground wherever The Warden travels in this downtrodden town that has not yet recovered from the plague. What next?

I won't tell. Can't spoil a really good plot with hints. Seems to me, though, that no one in this town can be trusted. No one. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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