After being sent to Hell for eleven years by his circle of magician "friends," Stark manages to return to Los Angeles in Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim in a terminally bad mood, stronger than ever, and with only one thing on his mind: revenge. In Hell, Stark was an oddity as he was still mortal and had a soul, so he was used to amuse Lucifer and his Generals in the fighting arena and later used as an assassin... a killer of monsters. Now, I know what you're thinking, but this book is way more entertaining and interesting than I or the book jacket makes it sound. Think Josey Wales with superpowers and a penchant for mayhem in today's Los Angeles, which is filled with magicians--real magicians, not a sawing-a-woman-in-half kind-- angels and demons, and everything in between... (Much like Joss Whedon's Buffy on steroids with none of the cutesy-ness... now it's sounding better, right?) This twisted, whiskey-fueled, tuxedo t-shirt of a tale kept me on the edge of my seat and the audio book reader's gravelly Tom Waits-type voice matched the noir novel perfectly, though it is also available in print. I dark-heartedly recommend this book to readers interested in the supernatural, Dresden novels, Sookie Stackhouse, and fights between good and evil.
Recommended by Tim Andrews