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Shade City: The Dead Side Blues (Shade City #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  15 reviews
For Dante Butcher, Los Angeles ghost hunting isn't a business, it's a pastime. Going to clubs, knocking back a few drinks, even taking the occasional punch are all in a night's work. But cool confidence doesn't prepare Dante for what begins in a piss-soaked bathroom. The Dead Side opens up a whole new world to him, and for the first time, it's the ghosts that are hunting D ...more
Kindle Edition, 1, 314 pages
Published June 25th 2014 by Blood & Treasure
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Nev Murray
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 300-400-read
This is another sent into Ginger Nuts of Horror in exchange for an honest review of the book. The main character name had provoked a discussion before I even picked it up.

Dante Butcher lives in LA. He owns a pocket watch he bought in an antique shop. The watch is the conduit that Violet uses to communicate with Dante from the “dead side”. She died when she was 12 years old. Dante has always had a knack for detecting shadows – or shades – spirits that are possessing the living that have come from
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of great literature and sci-fi
Recommended to Ashley by: Rick Hunter
Shelves: borrowed
The rating is more of a 4.5, but I refuse to round down on this this good.

My brother told me that I HAD to read this and was gracious enough to let me borrow his copy.

Domino Finn has "IT", whatever "IT" may be and I am not talking scary Stephen King Clown. The man simply does not slap words onto a page, calling it a story but rather is an throwback to the days when authors were writers. Finn took an original thought, fleshed it out as an idea then turned it into a extremely well-paced novel. He
Rick Hunter
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any fan of supernatural fiction
I did not win this book through Goodreads even though I kept my fingers crossed and did little rain dance. I did happen to have some correspodence with the author, Domino Finn, though and he was gracious enough to send a copy of the book my way. (Thank you for that by the way.) I, however, was not very punctual reading the book and posting a review for it. I gave myself a time table of 2 weeks to get the book read and get a review up pretty quick as a way to thank him, but I discovered the TV se ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book has a lot going for it. It's well-written. I got a good sense of place in the downtown L.A. locations. There are some neat twists in the plot. The secondary characters are well-developed and the villains suitably bad. I liked the concept of a haunted watch, even though I didn't get much sense of Violet as a character. But....I just didn't like the main character Dante and found it hard to care whether he succeeded.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book. I liked it a lot. It seemed realistic for the most part. I hope to read more books by this author in the future,for sure.
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A promising opening to a new series. Fans of the Dresden Files will probably enjoy it. Will be reading the next one.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't think at first that I would. The MC did not consider himself a nice person, at least he was always putting himself down and behaving badly. But he really cared and this made it a bittersweet story. A bittersweet dark urban fantasy story.
If you look at just the surface then, yes it was dark. But the relationship of Dante and Violet a man who considers himself immature and a teenage girl, who is not the easiest age group to deal with had a bittersweet feel as
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting concept.
Julie Baswell
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dante Butcher has a secret. If a person has a second shadow inside him, Dante alone can see it. Called a Shade, it is a spirit from the dead side attaching itself to a living host, controlling the living for its own personal gain. Dante, with the help of Violet, a 12 year-old spirit attached to an antique pocket watch in his possession, feels like it’s his duty to expel every dark spirit he encounters.

This story started a little slow but picked up and got interesting about half way through. I ha
Kay Smillie
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kay by: I like this author's work
I was given this in exchange for an honest review.

Firstly, there was the character's name - Dante Butcher - how fantastic! Secondly, Dante can tell with just a touch if a 'shade' (a dead person who wants to feel 'life' again and overindulges in drugs, alcohol, sex) is possessing a body.

I really liked this concept and this adventure. His 'sidekick', 12-year-old Violet, has taken possession of an old pocket watch. She joins him on his crusade to expel shades from the bodies of the living. You'll h
chris wilcox
I truly hated to rate it a 3 but it was tough going in parts, but it does have a lot going for it. Even though it's just below 3 stars I will be reading the next book in the series and I am looking forward to it. First books are usually tough going especially when the author has basically created a whole new class of book. Someone here compared it to Dresden, but Harry slings magic like no ones business. Dante has sage, his wits and violet helping him. Big difference. So it will be interesting t ...more
Natasha Isaacs
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am ready for more

Loved this book! The only thing I hate is having to wait for the next book. I like reading supernatural books but I like them believable, and Finn does that with this book. I am totally invested in the characters and can't wait to see what happens next!! Hurry with book 2 please.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty interesting first person narrative that I'll probably followup on when the second book drops. Finn does his best work in first person, and this was different/original enough to catch. Definitely recommend it. Worth the read.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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At first I was wondering and then as I caught on I couldn't put it down. Very exciting and not what I expected. Loved it and recommend it
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Domino Finn is an entertainment industry veteran, a contributor to award-winning video games, and the grizzled Urban Fantasy author of the best-selling Black Magic Outlaw series. His stories are equal parts spit, beer, and blood, and are notable for treating weighty issues with a supernatural veneer. If Domino has one rallying cry for the world, it's that fantasy is serious business.

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