Sandman Slim investigates Death’s death in this hip, propulsive urban fantasy through a phantasmagoric LA rife with murder, mayhem, and magic.
James Stark has met his share of demons and angels, on earth and beyond. Now, he’s come face to face with the one entity few care to meet: Death.
Someone has tried to kill Death—ripping the heart right out of him—or rather the body he’s inhabiting. Death needs Sandman Slim’s help: he believes anyone who can beat Lucifer and the old gods at their own game is the only one who can solve his murder.
Stark follows a sordid trail deep into LA’s subterranean world, from vampire-infested nightclubs to talent agencies specializing in mad ghosts, from Weimar Republic mystical societies to sleazy supernatural underground fight and sex clubs. Along the way he meets a mysterious girl—distinguished by a pair of graveyard eyes—as badass as Slim: she happens to be the only person who ever outwitted Death. But escaping her demise has had dire consequences for the rest of the world . . . and a few others.
For years, Slim has been fighting cosmic forces bent on destroying Heaven, Hell, and Earth. This time, the battle is right here on the gritty streets of the City of Angels, where a very clever, very ballsy killer lies in wait.
Urban fantasy fans who place a premium on humor are most likely to enjoy Kadrey's seventh Sandman Slim novel (after The Getaway God). Slim, aka James Stark, is one of the nephilim half human, half angel who's working as a PI in Los Angeles. His powers are pretty impressive; before the book begins, he'd killed "a weasely fragment of God who, if he'd lived, would have ruined the universe." That, understandably, has annoyed the angelic host, who joins a lengthy roster of Stark's foes. Thwarting Stark's hope of returning to more mundane cases, Kadrey gives him another daunting challenge: someone dragged Death into a human body and cut out his heart, killing him, and Stark's boss, Julie Sola, wants him to find out whodunit. Julie hopes that finding Death's killer will restore some normalcy, as after the assault "no one is dying anywhere." There's little sense of menace or looming darkness, but plenty of over-the-top entertainment.