Book 4 in the Eddie LaCrosse series.
Eddie LaCrosse has a new client, and it is a surprising one to him. Angelina, the innkeeper and an old friend, suddenly reveals that she has an old love interest that she would like Eddie to track down. Back when she was young and more innocent than she is now she feel in love with a sailor. A sailor who became a pirate and then never came home. All she wants to know, she says, is what happened him. Whether he is alive or dead. Why didn’t he come back>
I do enjoy these books. Eddie is a private eye in a fantasy setting, sword jockey is the term they use.It is plain fun and entertaining. And the set-up gives Bledsoe plenty of scope for adventures. In this one he takes on the pirate world, less Captain Sparrow and more of Captain Blackbeard.
I still don’t like the cover, I mean look at it, all bad romance-esque and bleuergh-like. But I enjoy the story. It really is great fun. It is exactly what it sets out to be, an entertaining story with a likeable hero. And Eddie really is likeable. He has his dark past; he knows what it is to do wrong and be a cold-hearted bastard. But that’s why he does what he does. He didn’t like where he ended up and he doesn’t want to go there again. He knows that people can make mistakes. Huge mistakes, and that fact never goes away, but that you have to live in the present and just damn well get on with your life.
Also the issues about the lack of female characters are pretty absent in this book. For the most part they, like Eddie, may have things they aren’t proud of, but they are doing the best they can this time round. Is it always right? Probably not, but they are trying.
If you are thinking, a PI in a fantasy world, awesome! then go ahead and get stuck in, I don’t think this will disappoint you. If, on the other hand, you are thinking that it won’t suit you, well, you know what you like, but sometimes it is nice to try something a little different, don’t you think?