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Tomorrow, the Killing (Low Town #2)

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Rigus, where only the dead don't lie.

The Dren War ended fifteen years ago. Some soldiers came home as heroes, others came back bitter, broken and without a future. Many didn't make it back at all.

Roland Montgomery was one of the heroes: a brave leader and populist agitator who wanted to make life better for the veterans.

But someone very powerful in Rigus doesn't agree with
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Paperback, 359 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Mark Lawrence
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So... this book is a fantasy book but with very little effort you could map the plot and characters onto a number of real world scenarios and write it as a noir detective thriller. The book could, for example, take place in New York in the 30's with the lead and many of the other characters being veterans of WW1 and the various gangsters and cartels being ... gangsters and cartels.

With that said the book is neither harmed nor overly helped by being a fantasy - the main benefit is simply presenti
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Lo9man88
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little better than the first one, i especially liked the characters development, we discover more about warden's bloody past ,the sacrifice he made in order to make it to the elite ranks of the black house... but this time he did screw up big time,there is no denying that he was cunningly devious, but ignorance of some key facts blindsided him in the end big time ...
As always the author's style is very engaging and to the point. Warden's observations about human nature is much ap
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Samir
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 2.75.

Story-wise, it was better than the first book but nothing groundbreaking.

My biggest problem with the series is the MC. It is really hard to like him. I understand that he had a rough life and that experience shaped him into a person he is today but does he really has to be an asshole all the time? Even when he's interacting with his friends he's being a jerk. Even worse, he's aware of it and doesn't do shit about it. After a while, his constant sarcasm stops being amusing and
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Bradley
I have to admit I love this one a lot more than the first novel. It might be because I'm getting into Polansky's style or it could be because the Warden finally grew on me after the events finally played out in the first novel.

Either way, it doesn't really matter because this novel was perfectly awesome all on its own. It was riffing the horrors of World War I with a magical slant beautifully, even written as a slow reveal of the Warden's past as he goes about his dark days in Low Town in the pr
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Myke Cole
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Polansky does it again. As with Mark Lawrence with King of Thorns, he shows progression as a storyteller with an even more twisted plot, more compelling and sympathetic character voice and more engaging setting. Polansky has officially joined the ranks of writers whose grocery lists I would buy, should they deign to publish them.
Pavle
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastika
Superlativ od romana.

Posle prvog dela, koji je bio vrlo dobar-odličan, od Polanskog sam očekivao da se baci na svet i da ga malo podrobnije istraži. Nisam mogao više da pogrešim.

Ova knjiga je u potpunosti u službi karakterizacije, koju Polanski koristi da pruži snažni anti ratni komentar. Zaplet je tu, ponovo krimić, ali sasvim u drugom planu i fokus je prepušten neimenovanom protagonisti, njegovoj prošlosti i razmišljanjima, a on je toliko začudjujuće kompleksan da je prosto uživanje čitati o
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Daniel
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Na nivou prethodne. Grimdark sa grimdark herojem koji ipak pokusava da uradi ispravno mada na kraju bas i ne uspe. Kome se svidela prethodna nek slobodno navali. Ja prelazim na trecu.
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 2*
Book 2: 2*

Book three we'll never know. I probably wouldn't have read book two had I not picked it up awhile ago on a Kindle one day sale for $1.99.

Such a disappointing series. I'm not a fan of noir fiction in general but this is an iconic Grimdark series so I had to at least give it a shot. I love dark stories. I love well written dark characters. The caveat is they have to offer me something in the way of connection to the characters. Give me a character I love to hate. Give me a sar
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Scott
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I continue to be impressed with this series and author. His style very much speaks to me, and I will probably read most/all of what he writes.

This entry continues to build on the world we were introduced to in the first. We get quite a bit more back story into the Warden's time in the military, which added some nice insights into him and his relationships.

The present-day story was intriguing, and filled with plots and murder and backstabbing galore.

I think the one thing, more than anything el
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Michael Sliter
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid four star for me. I actually enjoyed Tomorrow, the Killing better than the first book, Low Town. The "fantasy" aspect seemed to really take a back seat, but I didn't mind. The world was more fleshed out, and I enjoyed learning about the military conflicts and resulting political nightmare that occurred over the several years earlier. I also enjoyed that several additional characters were expanded upon and I actually felt some level of investment in people outside of the narrator/the Ward ...more
Mark
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of twists and subplots within plots. Highly recommended.
Jason
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
3 Stars

Book two in the Low Town series by Daniel Polansky was a bit of a let down for me. On paper and in theory, it had it all. We got more world building and feel for the amazing city of Low Town. We were brought down to dirty streets filled with Low Town's finest people. The city is a character in its own right. We were given a great deal more backstory to our truly interesting protagonist, the Warden. Sure he is not a good man, but he does have some heart and some morals. He is a character o
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Roy
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great crime novel. Polansky is probably one of my favourite at the moment. Would rate this better than the 1st.
KostasAt
7/10

The second book in the Low Town trilogy returns back to the titular infamous neighborhood, the filthiest and most corrupt place you can find across the city of Rigus, with Daniel Polansky - having set the foundations of his world - bringing a new, double case: a disappearance that will stir old, unwanted memories and a long buried murder that will put in motion forgotten promises; a story that, combining noir with fantasy through his very skilful writing, takes us even deeper into the dives
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Chompa
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up.

Polansky returns to Low Town and The Warden. This time around I found the story and the actions taken much darker than the first book. The lower score is not a reflection of that (frankly I loved getting more insight into The Warden and Adophus' time in the Drenn War) so much as parts of the story just seemed to drag a bit.

The Warden is a complicated man. He's done some evil stuff and doesn't have much value for anyone's life with the exception of a few people. And even th
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proxyfish
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
review to come!
Emma
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, noir
The Warden is a wonderfully complex character. This was even darker than the first I think. Fantastic read.
Mieneke
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, fantasy
On Monday, I posted my review for Daniel Polansky's The Straight Razor Cure , book one of the Low Town series. At the time I said I was already hock deep into book two, Tomorrow the Killing and today I get to bring you a review for it. The story is an awesome return to Warden's life. Set three years after The Straight Razor Cure, it's readable as a standalone story, but far richer if you've also read the former. We not only catch up with Warden and his friends, but also learn more about Warden' ...more
Tracey the Lizard Queen
My least favourite of the series, but by no means weak. The Warden is as sharp and entertaining as always.

We kick off three years after the events of The Straight Razor Cure/Low Town, between his usual "job" the Warden is also looking for a missing woman. Through various flashbacks and dialogues we learn this particular woman's deceased brother had past ties to the Warden during the war.

At the same time the Veterans Association is making trouble with the crown. Rising tensions, the hottest summ
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Stretch's Books
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
'Tomorrow the Killing' is Daniel Polansky's follow-up to his debut novel 'The Straight Razor Cure', and the book does not disappoint. Polansky executes the same action, wit, and mystery as in his debut, actually, at least in my case, he pulls the mystery part off even better. I didn't see the big reveal until, well, until it was revealed.

Polansky does a fine job of getting the reader to empathize with the Warden of Low-Town, while at the same time on another level disliking him somewhat. He also
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sir Lancer Cairns
This series has earned it's place on my sh lf of physical copies and absolutely stands up with some of my other favourites. It has one of my favourite fantasy settings at its forefront: the slums.

We go back and forth between the present day and the past, learning more of The Warden and Adolphus' time in the great war. We also get to see Wren grow and advance a little and I'm hoping the final book in the trilogy has a big focus on him because there is a lot of potential with his character.

This
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Ints
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Šī grāmata manā nelasīto sarakstā nodzīvoja vairākus gadus. Diezgan dīvaini, jo pirmā man patika diezgan labi. Nebija gan nekādu pārsteigumu, bet visu jau nevar gribēt. Šai grāmatai paveicās, jo gaidāmajā pārlidojumā man neatradās nekā cita ko lasīt. Izlasījās pa ceļam no Rīgas uz Šanhaju.

Reiz viņš bija kara varonis, pēc tam biedrs Melnajā namā. Nu viņš ir pilsētas nomales Low Town saimnieks. Viņa nodarbe ir mazo un lielo noziedznieku darbības pārraudzīšana un jumta pakalpojuma nodrošināšana. Ka
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Caleb Hill
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“’Let me tell you something about the dead, as someone who’s seen a few of them. They don’t care what we do. They don’t yearn for vengeance, and they don’t hope for redemption. They rot…Stick around Low Town and you’ll find out I’m right.’”

There are very few authors who can effectively change the sub-genre that they’re working in. Daniel Polanksy has the ability and talent to do just that with Fantasy Noir, a relatively new field.

The Warden’s back. Three years have passed since the events in Low
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Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Original review by John is posted at Layers of Thought.

The second in the Low Town series, this is a hard-boiled noir thriller with a touch of fantasy mixed in for good measure. A remorseless, violent and twisty story that is filled with intriguing characters.

About: The Warden, the main character, sort of rules over a squalid and drug-infested corner of Low Town. An ex-soldier and intelligence office who has fallen far from grace, he now sells (and frequently consumes) drugs. The Warden is hard,
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Laura Hughes
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Straight Razor Cure' was Polansky’s debut novel, and was a gritty and gripping introduction to the Low Town series. 'Tomorrow the Killing' is even more impressive than its predecessor: it is dark and compelling and delves more deeply into Warden’s past, focusing particularly on his service during the Great War. This second instalment in the Low Town novels is set three years after the events of the first, and places a much greater emphasis on Warden’s attitude to the war: his voice comes ac ...more
Milo (BOK)
“A fantastic follow up that you will not be able to put down. A great read.” ~The Founding Fields


Tomorrow the Killing was one of the many novels that I read whilst I was in France, and in a holiday that involved my introduction to comics (via comixology app on my IPod), and the breaking of my bike saddle, and the leaving behind of my memory stick (In case there was a computer at the place we were staying. There was Internet, but no computer), Polansky’s novel was really one of the things that ma
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Molly
Great sequel to Low Town (The Straight Razor Cure). The mix of grit and humor steals your attention from the first page. Polansky's writing improved a lot since his debut novel.

The crime/mystery aspect was the only part that let me down a bit (I guessed again from which side the wind blows), but since the Warden is not a detective, and this isn't a mystery novel, I took the matter with a grain of salt. The Warden we know is a cynical, haunted, drug dealing (and more than often drug using) wisea
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Matt Gilliard
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sophomore slump is a common term in the music world. Often an artist rushes a second album in an attempt to cash in on the success of a well-received debut. The rushed work is rarely as strong as its predecessor. Writers aren't immune to this phenomenon, though the longer production time usually prevents it from being as common. One need only look at reviews to the sequels of highly acclaimed debuts of such standout titles as Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind to prove my point. Daniel P ...more
Kevin
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. You know if Mark Lawerence likes this one that you should be reading these books! Its some realistic dark fantasy with great characters and story to boot. If you like Prince of Thorns you should be reading these books as well.
Saif Bagmar
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His second book, through his noir fantasy he tells me exactly what type of world I am living in.
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