Detective Brennan is confronted with his past crimes while on the trail of a violent drug lord…Cursed with the supernatural ability to know when others are lying to him, Arthur Brennan, homicide detective with Odols Police Department, sees deception everywhere he looks.
Following a betrayal at the hands of fellow Sleepers several years ago, Brennan has left behind the life of a clandestine dream-stalking assassin and taken up a silver detective’s badge. The eyeless corpse of a dead pharmacist sets Brennan on the hunt for a ruthless madman, one whose product is leaving its own mounting body count.
Brooding City is the first installment in a series that promises to grip readers of all genres. With fast-paced action and touching emotional moments blended seamlessly together, Brooding City delivers unrelenting entertainment and intrigue as it delves into the darkest corners of a city full of nightmarish boogeymen and children who still believe in destiny.
I was pleasantly surprised with this police procedural debut. Typically when I read a book, I feel like I’m following the story but am not an active participant. In Brooding City, my mind was spinning with ideas as though I were trying to solve the case myself. I liked the paranormal elements and there was enough suspense and mystery to keep me engaged. I thought the book had solid characterization but I wasn’t necessarily rooting or jumping for joy over anyone in particular and while that sounds as though the characters themselves were not all that exciting, it did lend to making them more relatable and realistic. The book had two primary story lines and I’m not sure how I felt about the jumping around. I feel like I needed more Jeremy and less Brennan but that could just be me. All in all, I thought it was a good book. Certainly unique with the Sleepers and the Tower. More than anything, Brooding City was a refreshing take on Urban Fantasy and it had me intrigued to say the least.
Tom Shutt writes paranormal suspense with generous helpings of humor and a sprig of mystery thrown in for good measure. Sometimes he dabbles in fantasy, but in all cases, he strives to push the boundaries of modern fiction in search of good answers to hard questions.
He lives on the perpetually rainy East Coast with some cats, dogs, and a basement full of mistresses. His favorite authors are Jim Butcher, George R. R. Martin, Jonathan Stroud, and Eoin Colfer. He knows how to hide a body from the police, and the research for his novels has likely landed him on a few security watch lists. He enjoys reading, gaming (Halo, Civilization, BioShock, Call of Duty, Minecraft), playing pool, chasing deer, hunting deer, riding deer, and lying about what activities he does with deer. His favorite shows include Supernatural, Game of Thrones, iZombie, and anything created by Joss Whedon.
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