Today, I want to introduce you to a great new writer and his tale of paranormal mystery!
In 1947, a gangster murders private investigator Raymond Adams. In 2011, he's brought back to life for 24 hours to solve the supernatural murder of a Hollywood Adult film star.
When the son of a Pit Lord is murdered in Hollywood, the celestial beings in charge of the Four Realms ask Raymond Adams to figure who did it and find the victim's missing soul. Without memories of his life, he accepts the case to gain eternal peace. But the job is daunting:
24 hours to nab a killer...
24 hours to find a missing soul...
24 hours to unravel the victim's exotic private life...
24 hours to stop a plot to send the universe into chaos...
With only the help of a possessed cop and a medium, Adams must trek through a Hollywood underground filled with pornography, prostitutes, the homeless, and sadists, along with supernatural monsters. But can he solve the case when his own haunting memories keep surfacing, telling him exactly what kind of man he was in life?
"I am no one. Louis Corsair is just a pen name. I had something in here that was in the Third Person, but I don't like it anymore and so took it off.
My life has been long and too eventful. The one thing I am most proud of is my 8 year tour in the United States Army as a Combat Engineer, which I brag about too much. Now that I'm a civilian, I work in a less dangerous environment: I am a desk clerk at a library here in Southern California.
What I want is to understand fiction. I'm usually confused about many things, but I don't want fiction to be one of them. I also don't want a surface understanding of the subject. My goal is to understand fiction as thoroughly as I can possibly understand it, given my mental faculties and circumstances. This way, in the far future I can say that although I didn't understand many things about the world, I at least knew fiction well."
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My Five-Star Review of Absolution:
Louis Corsair’s debut novel, Absolution, tells the story of Raymond Adams, a private investigator who was murdered in 1947, but is returned to life in 2011 to solve a murder. From the onset, Adams believes he’s being misled, but the hardboiled investigator refuses to fail, doggedly chasing down clues and following his instincts … no matter the cost.
The novel blends detective and supernatural fiction; a combination that might seem unusual upon first glance, but Corsair makes it seamless. He also does a masterful job portraying Adams’ reactions to the modern world he’s thrust into—whether refusing to be believe that cell phones exist, bemoaning non-smoking regulations, or struggling with the nuances of language and interpersonal/intercultural communication—while juxtaposing them against Adams’ comfort when handling supernatural and mystical elements. The end result is a character that is relatable and likeable.
Corsair’s cast of characters is diverse, the storyline is intriguing and well developed, and the end is both satisfying and tantalizing … thereby ensuring that readers will eagerly await book two of the trilogy.
Be sure to check out Absolution and let me (and Louis) know what you think!
Posted on Mon, August 13, 2012
by Thomas Winship filed under