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Absolution (The Elohim Trilogy #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In 1947, a gangster murders private investigator Raymond Adams. In 2011, he’s brought back to life for 24 hours to solve the supernatural murder of a Hollywood Adult film star.

When the son of a Pit Lord is murdered in Hollywood, the celestial beings in charge of the Four Realms ask Raymond Adams to figure who did it and find the victim’s missing soul. Without memories of
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published April 27th 2012 (first published April 25th 2012)
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Bob Milne
Louis Corsair's Absolution is an unusual novel, a 1940s pulp detective novel, transported to present day LA, and coloured with the trappings of an urban fantasy. It's an awkward mingling of genres that shouldn't work, but which he manages to pull off.

The story starts with a bang - literally - as Raymond Adams is shot dead in an investigation gone wrong. From there we're transported to a kind of limbo, complete with a supernatural attendant, before he's called upon to make a temporary return to t

My thoughts: More three and a half, than just a solid three star rating. I enjoyed Absolution, even though I rarely read Detective Mysteries. The supernatural spin was great and the characters were likeable. But before going into that, I'll explain the plot:

Private Detective Ray Adams is shot and killed in 1947 and sent to the Abstract Realm, where his afterlife consists of endless fabricated scenarios, meant to rid his soul of impurities. He's not alone in the Realm, Shadow Monger, Harry, is t
Fangs for the Fantasy
Adams died in the 1950s. When he was alive he was a detective, not just a detective, but a poster child detective straight out of film noir, every cliché faithfully followed. His afterlife was less than ideal, having died with corruptive sins on his soul, he was banished to the Abstract realms where the Enigma tested him over and over to try and give him a chance to ascend and join the collective whole. It was better than the damned in the pit, but even so Adams was becoming desperate as his asc ...more
Maghon Thomas
It starts off with Ray in the “abstract Realm” which you can think of like Purgatory. He isn’t at rest because he wasn’t good enough to go straight to heaven but not bad enough to go to hell, either. He also seems to have his life’s memories missing. He knows he’s dead, but not the other stuff. He is then given a chance to go back to the land of the living to help solve a crime committed against one of the “people in charge”. And so the story begins…

This is very well written. It’s like a detect
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wildly creative is the best way I can describe Louis Corsair’s introductory novel Absolution. It’s definitely unlike anything I’ve ever read…and I mean that in a good way. The first of a trilogy, the story follows a deceased private investigator from the 1940’s named Raymond Adams who has been resurrected in present-day to solve the supernatural murder of an adult film star, with hopes of clearing his not-so-perfect earthly record so that he can be released from a purgatorial state of existence. ...more
I fell in love with Corsair's writing right away! It captures the noir right and it's just entertaining to read. Raymond's struggle in modern day, both mental and psychological I loved, seriously always the best part about time-travel novels ( though this really wasn't one )! Absolution is well written, fun and dark!

I loved that Raymond was out there in the current day with a suit and fedora looking like a zombie the first few hours, after all his body was reanimated so I can't be perfect right
Thomas Winship
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Louis Corsair’s debut novel, “Absolution,” tells the story of Raymond Adams, a private investigator who was murdered in 1947, but is returned to life in 2011 to solve a murder. From the onset, Adams believes he’s being misled, but the hardboiled investigator refuses to fail, doggedly chasing down clues and following his instincts … no matter the cost.

The novel blends detective and supernatural fiction; a combination that might seem unusual upon first glance, but Corsair makes it seamless. He als
Elizabeth Barone
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought Absolution was well-balanced with supernatural elements and the real world. I very much enjoyed the characters; they were very realistic, and very well-rounded. However, I feel that the story was slow during some parts. You can read my entire, spoiler-free review on my website.
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Louis Corsair is an eight year veteran of the United States Army. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles, CA. He works at the Peninsula Center Library in Palos Verdes and also in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX.

In 2015, he hopes to write and publish (this time for real!) Ascension, as well as a short story cycle called The Wizards.