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Burn Me Deadly (Eddie LaCrosse #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,212 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Eddie LaCrosse, freelance sword jockey for hire, discovers a half-naked blonde in serious trouble. Against his better judgment, he promises to help her, only to encounter a notorious crime lord, dragon cult, and royal scandals.
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Tor Books (first published September 1st 2009)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okaayyyy....I have a "Goodreads" problem here. See, we have a 5 star system here at Goodreads (as I'm sure most everyone reading this knows). The problem? Well I gave the first Eddie LaCrosse novel 4 stars. It was in my, barely 4 stars "list". Now this one is getting 4 stars...but I believe it's a much better book, at least in my estimation.

The first one kind of lost me a couple of times as the storytelling slowed up or almost bogged down in the telling. This wound up and moved along at a much b
4.0 stars. Another fast, fun read by Alex Beldsoe. If you like noir mysteries with a fantasy setting (a sub-genre that Alex Bledsoe has basically redefined with his first two Eddie LaCrosse novels) then you will definitely like this. The writing is crisp, the characters well drawn and the plot is engaging. Recommended.
Megan Baxter
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What about the book? I'm happy to report that the second entry into this fantasy noir series is just as much fun as the first. I can't say that it's mind-boggling, but I was always eager to pick it up and read a few pages more. It's entertaining and light and the world Bledsoe has created is a new take on an old genre.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

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A fun second entry in Alex Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse series of noir infused fantasy novels; riffing, and not always softly, on Mickey Spillane's essential pulp classic Kiss Me Deadly it was at once obvious and comfortable. A so-so adventure that forges ahead from plot point to plot point with little pause for contemplation of the psychological effects on our protagonist or even to witness him detectoring, or to get attached to anyone or anything is enhanced by Bledsoe's skill with world building ...more
Kat  Hooper
Jan 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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Ah, the combination of Alex Bledsoe (the author), Eddie LaCrosse (the hero) and Stefan Rudnicki (the reader) — it doesn’t get much better than that!

Burn Me Deadly is the sequel to The Sword-Edged Blonde, which I adored, and since Mr. Bledsoe has been picked up by Tor, I’m guessing I’m not the only one who felt that way. I’m happy to report that I enjoyed Burn Me Deadly even more than The Sword-Edged Blonde. Mr. Bledsoe’s got a good thing going
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Like the first book, there were a few moments that jogged my concentration out of the fantasy realm to a more modern setting. But aside from those odd incidents, it was another page turner! I just couldn't find a quiet moment to set it down - every chapter ended in a cliff hanger?! This must be Mr. Bledsoe's secret. He knows most of us have to finish a chapter or a section before setting the book aside. If each is a cliff hanger, we can never walk away until the entire book, and truthfully it wi ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, fantasy
I can't decide if Eddie LaCrosse is more Sam Spade or more Mike Hammer. I think it's fair to say that he's a Sam Spade trying to come across as a Mike Hammer - wrapped in a fantasy world where the magics are around the edges.

Bledsoe spins wonderful yarns.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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These books have been an unexpected treat so far. The mix of medieval-lite fantasy and hardboiled noir detective is a surprising and unique one, but one that Alex Bledsoe manages to meld together seamlessly. Strong in both the fantasy aspects - more prevalent here than in the first - and the twisty mystery, this is an author that can and does manage to surprise you as a reader. Much like the first one, I was kept guessing until the final pages and E
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like all the Bledsoe books I have read, including the tales of the Tufo (The Hum and the Shiver). This is an Eddie Lacrosse, sword jockey, fantasy/mystery, where Eddie tries to rescue a young woman he finds in the road not far from his village. It becomes a pretty complicated mystery, with a few murders, a religious cult, emissaries of the King, a mysterious old man wearing gloves, a paranoid family living in the woods, moon priestesses, blacksmiths and tavernkeepers in the mix. Enjoyable adve ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
This review is going to spoil the snot out of The Sword-Edged Blonde, so if you haven't read that one yet, go away and come back after you have. It’s well worth doing so.

This is the second book in the series and it does well continuing Eddie's story and extending our interest in him. As epic as the first one was, with gods, curses, decades of backstory, and a brutal surprise reveal (I can’t even imagine living with Eddie’s guilt for Janet’s brutalization and death even as I can fully imagine mys
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you ever have those moments of disconnectedness where you wonder if you're marching out of step with the rest of the crowd? I had that feeling when I clicked on the Amazon link to Burn Me Deadly by Alex Bledsoe and saw that it had a 3 star rating. 3 stars? How is that possible? I know I certainly enjoyed the book more than that.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

"Burn Me Deadly" is the second book in a new series by Alex Bledsoe that features private investigator Eddie LaCrosse. Bledsoe takes my
Melissa McShane
I liked this book well enough to finish it, despite my reservations. It's a few years after the end of The Sword-Edged Blonde, and Eddie and Liz have settled into a happy domestic arrangement, with Eddie continuing to provide confidential services to those who need things or people found, and Liz continuing to run her messenger service. Then Eddie meets a desperate woman fleeing her torturers, promises to protect her, and immediately has to eat that promise as she's murdered and he's left for de ...more
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Alex Bledsoe has sucked me in and refused to let go. In all honesty, I didn't even WANT to read this book; I was going to get off the couch and look for another one. But this one was on the table next to me, so I thought "I'll just read the first chapter and then I'll get up and find a different book."
Suddenly I'm half way through the book, my eyes are tired and it's almost an hour past when I usually go to bed.
If that isn't a recommendation, I don't know what is.

As with "The Sword-
Eleanor With Cats
I love this series, but this particular novel took me a really long time to get into. In fact I read this series in the order 5, 1, 4, 3, 2. It works out pretty well that way though. The Eddie novels have an odd chronology, usually feature older Eddie in one plotline and a younger Eddie plotline with him in the past, and frequently refer to each other. For instance, this book (2) makes a reference to the events on the island in book 3, but older Eddie telling the story in book 3 is probably from ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, library
Another fantasy-noir romp from Alex Bledsoe, this Eddie Lacrosse novel is second in the series. The sword jockey's narration style seemed a bit anachronistic at first, but it fits the breezy style of the action. At the same time, the characters are fully developed, and the ending is surprisingly moving. Of particular note, I like how Eddie surrounds himself with tough, capable women. Though he does some rescuing, he's also helped out by them.
Corry L.
Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f
Another great installment of the Eddie Lacross series. You could definitely pick this book up without having read The Sword-Edged Blonde, though having read the first book adds some depth to the characters and humor to the narration.

I didn't find this quite as funny as the first book, though Eddie remains a fun narrator and the pace of this book moves you right along.
Sep 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2009-reads
I read a reviewer copy. Great book. It came up to my high expectations.

Read my full review over at Only The Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Book 2 in the series. This one kicks off when Eddie stumbles across a woman on the forest road into his town-- not the best town in the kingdom, but fairly profitable for his sword-jockey business. The woman is in bad shape, deliberately injured. He offers to help her and she accepts a ride into town, but they are ambushed before they get out of the forest. The woman dies while the bad guys are trying to get information out of her, so they throw her, Eddie and his horse off a cliff into a ravine ...more
Deborah Replogle
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable second novel in the Eddie LaCrosse series. Lacrosse is a sword slinger in a sort of medieval world setting. He's also a private investigator. Lots of action and intrigue, and some really funny tongue in cheek moments; ie: King Hugh created a series of roadways throughout the kingdom, and so they were called hughways. (this was from his first novel in the series the Sword Edged Blonde, but I can't forget it)
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heard-it
Another thrilling story in this wonderful genre blending world author Alex Bledsoe has created! A true detective story set in a mostly post-magical world. But maybe not as far removed as many would have you believe.
Steve Howarth
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A fast fun read and a grim scenario for the main character to dig himself out of. Well paced and entertaining. I enjoy a couple of other books in the series better as I prefer their plot, but this is another good read and solid fantasy reading.

Being left for dead... that is a good intro.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, 2014
The Sword-Edged Blonde, the first in Bledsoe's series of hard-boiled fantasy detective novels, was a fun read, in part because the meshing of the two genres gave the book the feel of an homage without it being a parody. Bledsoe did a great job of blending the two genres, from the office with the seating area over a seedy bar, to the cache of guns ... er, swords that our hero uses, down to the wise-cracking comments that he makes to those around him. I haven't read a lot of noir crime fiction, bu ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burn Me Deadly is the second book in the Eddie LaCrosse series by Alex Bledsoe. The first book, The Sword-Edge Blonde, was one of my biggest surprises of the year and eagerly anticipated the next in the series. The only real minor quibble I had with The Sword-Edge Blonde was that it started out a little slow before it picked up. But the last half of the book was an emotional roller coaster and just blew me away. This would be a tough act to follow in Burn Me Deadly.


Burn Me Deadly has no d
Eddie LaCrosse is back in a new mystery! Eddie’s on his way back from a routine investigation when his horse almost runs down a half-naked blonde in serious trouble. Against his better judgment, he promises to protect the frightened young woman, only to find himself waylaid by unknown assailants and left for dead beside her mutilated body. Who killed Laura Lesperitt? And Eddie's awesome horse? And left him for dead beside the both of them? Eddie is out for revenge and nothing will stop him.

I li
David Caldwell
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, noir, series
This novel is a cross between The Maltese Falcon and uhm....Well Eddie LaCrosse and his world is not that easy to compare.Eddie is a sword jockey (think medieval private eye)who lives in a fantasy world.But it is not a fantasy world that most of us are used to reading about.There are no wizards waving wands and casting spells. No religious zealots calling down their god's power to smite their enemies.No elves, orcs, or any other magical races plot against or lead humans.The only dwarves you will ...more
M.A. Kropp
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
In this second book in Bledsoe's hard-boiled detective fantasy blend, we find freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse returning to his offices above Angelina's Tavern in Neceda. He almost runs over a young blonde woman running for her life. He agrees to help her, but they are attacked and left for dead before they can get to safety. Not only is Laura Lesperritt dead, but the assailants also killed his horse, the only horse that ever sort-of tolerated Eddie. Eddie detemines to find out what was beh ...more
Wing Kee
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More noir and more of the same good stuff from book 1 makes this a exciting and fun sequel indeed!

My main complaint of the first book of this series (if there was a small one) was that the "noir" slowly oozed away after about the first third of the first book, the dialog, the setting, the situations just became fantasy and not a fun Fantasy x Noir fiction mash-up that was advertised, I'm really happy to say that this is not the case is book 2:

World: The world of Eddie LaCrosse is fun, it really
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, so apparently this is going to be one of those series where I burn through all the books in a matter of days. Last time I did that was with the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.

Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse series continues it's surprisingly seamless blend of swords and sorcery and noire detective fiction, borrowing liberally from the traditions of Hammett, Marlowe and Chandler and plopping them down in a fantasy setting. And like so many pulp detective stories, it starts off with a dame in
David West
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book detailing the adventures of Eddie LaCrosse. The first was The Sword-Edged Blonde which I enjoyed and I would say Bledsoe has topped that one here, I am looking forward to the third in the chronicles Dark Jenny but that is quite a ways away considering Burn Me Deadly was only released last week.

Eddies story told from his perspective is a blending of heroic fantasy and noir detective. I am a fan of both though not so well read in noir as Bledsoe, but I do love Dashiell Ham
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The second adventure of mercenary Eddie LaCrosse, the fantasy equivalent of a PI. Since the last book, he has settled into domestic bliss with his new romantic partner Liz, twin sister of his old partner who died decades ago--which, he admits, is kind of weird, especially since Liz doesn't know what he does about his sister's death. But that's all subplot/romantic tension stuff. The real story comes when a woman named Laura desperately crosses Eddie's path, with armed men in hot pursuit. They ki ...more
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