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The Darker Saints

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The rain beats down on the hot New Orleans streets...A derelict staggers, no longer a man, but an empty vessel poured full of voodoo... — This is the land of lace curtains and Mardi Gras. This is the world of the bayou and sizzling crawfish and a man in white who can kill at any distance. — A storm of corporate greed and human cruelty has descended on New Orleans, on a you ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 414 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Dell (first published 1993)
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I love the work of Brian Hodge. I first discovered him through the Darkfuse Kindle Club, when I read "Without Purpose, Without Pity". My Shelfari group read "Nightlife" a couple of months ago and we decided to read this book because two of the characters featured in Nightlife are also the focus of this story.

Anyway, this is an older story which takes place in New Orleans. As soon as I saw that I knew I was in. I once visited New Orleans, for only a short time, and I have wanted to return ever s
I was thoroughly impressed by Hodge's short fiction collection and his recent novella and so I had fairly high hopes for this book. And maybe that's partially to blame for how disappointing it turned out to be. Maybe, but also there was just something missing and, despite the solid writing, it utterly failed to engage. The plot was muddled and very cumbersome, the pacing was slow. I finish every book I start (thanks OCD), but this was a chore to finish, it dragged. Wasn't worth the time.
Stephen King endorsed the entire Dell Abyss Horror line. Here is his blurb:

"Thank you for introducing me to the remarkable line of novels currently being issued under Dell's Abyss imprint. I have given a great many blurbs over the last twelve years or so, but this one marks two firsts: first unsolicited blurb (I called you) and the first time I have blurbed a whole line of books. In terms of quality, production, and plain old story-telling reliability (that's the bottom line, isn't it), Dell's
Tim Wilkins
Psychological horror at its best. Loved this book!
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Brian Hodge, called “a writer of spectacularly unflinching gifts” by Peter Straub, is the award-winning author of ten novels of horror and crime/noir. He’s also written well over 100 short stories, novelettes, and novellas, and four full-length collections. His first collection, The Convulsion Factory, was ranked by critic Stanley Wiater as among the 113 best books of modern horror.

He lives in Col
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