Dead Angels is a Lovelace novella set before he joined the Agency.
When the dead body of a girl dressed as an angel washes up in Victory Docks, Detective Inspector Lovelace takes on the case to find her killer. Distrusted by his colleagues and the Pures, his own people, Lovelace sets out to find the truth in a tangled web of lies, deceit and music.
Dead Angels is the gripping new novella from Gunnar Roxen author of The Wyld Hunt.
Dead Angels is a novella in the exciting Agency Case Files series set 4 years before the events of The Wyld Hunt!
If you love Jim Butcher, Richard Morgan, Mike Carey, or Charles Stross you will love Dead Angels!
I decided to go for the novella rather than his first book The Wyld Hunt so that I could see what his writing style was like and to see whether or not I liked the stories he wrote as I wasn't 100% sure that it would be something I liked.
I actually rate this book about 3.5 stars. I thought there were a lot of exciting ideas and some of his descriptions and scene settings were quite beautifully written, however perhaps in part this story is not really what I'd usually read, or perhaps because while some of his description was great, other bits such as his description of characters I didn't feel were quite as good, plus a fair amount of hyphen usage which started to jump out at you.
Other than those negatives, a three star still means I liked it and I am glad I tried reading something a bit different.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Dead Angels for review purposes.
Dead Angel's is Gunnar Roxen's second work in the Agency Case Files series of books, following on from The Wyld Hunt. This is set before the first book and is a novella rather than a full novel, and is based upon Lovelace who is also featured in the first book, exploring a case he was involved in before joining the Agency and partnering with Aries.
Like the Wyld Hunt, this is a fast paced investigation novel. A body is found washed up in Victory Docks in this futuristic London. A girl, dressed as an angel. Who is she? How did she end up here? Who is responsible? The story is well told, fleshing out Lovelace a lot more in his own right as it goes. Lovelace is a Pure, a human subspecies, enhanced with a toughened muscle bound figure, decorated with tattoos which tell his life story to those of the same religion. Because of this, and his shark-like teeth and all black eyes, he is regarded with suspicion by other humans, but he is also shunned by those of his own race for his work with the police. Alongside the plot of the investigation, this novella explores the divided loyalties of Lovelace as well as the impact of his faith upon his outlook and work, adding a further layer of depth to the setting beyond that laid down in the first book. There are some well written tender and delicate moments as well in the book, as well as the high powered action and the dark griminess of the setting, providing relief and adding roundedness.
It is a quick and highly enjoyable read, and it is satisfying seeing the setting and characters develop in depth. This is a series I will continue reading.
A novella about Lovelace, a detective working in a future London, investigating the death of a young girl, found floating in the Thames, dressed as an angel. Why did she die? Is she really at peace now?
This is part of the Agency Case Files, which started with the Wyld Hunt. Dead Angels is set a few years before that, when Lovelace was a regular police detective, still drinking too much and smoking too much and generally being his own worst enemy. Yet, despite that, he's the one cop that can solve this tragic murder.
Short and sweet, this novella gives a different, brief glimpse of this beautifully fleshed-out universe that was first introduced in the Wyld Hunt, this time exploring in more detail the culture of the Pures, the human sub-species that Lovelace is a member of, as well as elaborating on the social hierarchies within London.