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I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for reviewA former Mafia hit man turned private detective hunts down a serial killer who also used to moonlight as a mob hit man Man I really wanted to love this book Sadly I didn tIsaiah Coleridge was introduced to us in Blood Standard and to say that his backstory is complex is an understatement He used to make his home in Alaska where he worked as a top notch killer for the Outfit but after he had a bloody falling out with one of the bosses Isaiah was exiled to in upstate New York Determined to leave his old ways behind Isaiah has become a private detective but he also doesn t mind jobs where his skills as an enforcer might come in handy He also has to maintain a delicate relationship with the local mobsters so when one of them comes to him with an ugly job Isaiah is in no position to refuseTwo of the local thugs have been murdered in gruesome ways and the boss wants to know if they re connected and who might be behind it Isaiah reluctantly begins to check out it out and uickly learns that a legendary hit man long thought retired or dead might be behind it It also turns out that this guy s hobby when not killing people for money was killing people for fun If the mob connections weren t bad enough it also seems like this man might have ties to the military and there s some very rich people in the mix as well Despite his plate being pretty full Isaiah also has taken on a gig trying to protect a local woman from a family of thugs because she s dating the ex of one of themSounds like a lot doesn t it And it is Frankly it s too much This was my problem with the first book too There s a great idea in there with the idea of an ex mob hit man trying to kinda go straight but getting tangled up in bloody messes However everything has to get so complicated that it all gets bogged down as Isaiah just pinballs from one thing to the next The core story of an ex hit man hunting a legendary ex hit man is great but the bad guy can t just be an insane serial killer too He also has to be wrapped up in a vast conspiracy that is pretty ridiculous so I guess mob killerserial killer just wasn t enoughAnd that s kind of the problem to all of it Barron has good ideas and is a capable writer but he just never knows when to stop adding layers to the cake and focus on shaping the elements he already has into something edible Eventually it just collapses on itself from it s own weight For example the big subplot in this book is dumped to the back burner and is pretty much resolved with a couple of sentences late in the book as action that we don t see So it was just a distraction in an already overstuffed bookThere s the core of a really cool character and series here but it took too much effort for me to dig it out More bloody violence and less plot please The Best Crime Horror Hybrid I ve Read Possibly EverOver the last decade plus Laird Barron cut his teeth writing the most visceral mind bending linguistically overachieving philosophizing universe uaking horror fiction seen in this millennia Tapped by Putnam and invited through the mainstream gate to the wider readership beyond he crafted a crime novel featuring an unforgettable character mafia assassin turned anti hero detective Isaiah Coleridge in the fantastic novel BLOOD STANDARDThe follow up arrived recently and it came to my door drenched in blood and stinking of the abyss BLACK MOUNTAIN is a tour de force that represents the great culmination of Barron s seasoned crime weaving plot thickening chops and his black ironed horror infused sledgehammerTHIS IS THE BOOK BARRON FANS HAVE WAITED FORIf ou dug Barron s horror show theatrics Biggles Goes to War you will suirm in giddy relish onour favorite reading chair to see descriptions like Carved from the primordial rock the statue glistened black as creosote from eons of blood splatte. Ex mob enforcer Isaiah Coledrige has hung out a shingle as a private eye in New York's Hudson Valley and in his newest case a seemingly simple murder investigation leads him to the most terrifying enemy he has ever facedWhen a small time criminal named Harold Lee turns up in the Ashokan reservoir sans a heartbeat head or hands the local mafia capo hires Isaiah Coleridge to look into the matter The mob likes cri.
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R It absorbed red fire glow and spat back the tectonic roar of a subterranean river a demonic Mississippi or or Nile And if Mission New York (Scavenger Hunt Adventure you re looking for crackling noirou ll find lines like Reality crumpled and bloomed like a cigarette burn on a movie screen to Dominion (Life After your tasteWhat s incredible about this book is that Barron is able to handle the double duty of creating the architecture of a great mystery the kind that is thrown wide like a net then pulled and tightly like a snare aroundour throat as Angel Pets you turn the pages with one of the scariest books I ve read inears I mean is this horror Is it crime Is it noir Who cares It s awesome BLACK MOUNTAIN is madly entertaining One of those books Unwilling (The MacLauchlans, you literally put down so thatou can slow the pace at which A Feast of Freud you are burning through it Even so I read the thing in three sittings and wished I d had the seuel coming it s coming to pick up and begin tearing throughWhile I d recommend starting with BLOOD STANDARDou can also read BLACK MOUNTAIN as a standalone joint and have no issues that said read BLOOD STANDARDSuffice to say this is a 5 star read and I think will be the book that not only satisfies Barron s ever growing swath of horror and crime fans but the one that will launch him and Coleridge to the next level of mainstream readership I m already excited for the inevitable screen adaption If The Mallen Girl you kin to gut churning cosmic horror and love a good crime read one complete with femme fatales mysterious government conspiracies nasty henchmen and oheah a possibly supernatural serial killer this is the book Swimming In The Flood you want inour eyeballs el pronto BLACK MOUNTAIN is my favorite book of the The Lords Of Destiny year to date an honor it will almost certainly retain This one really wowed me It s even darker funnier assured and real than Blood Standard the first installment in Barron s Isaiah Coleridge series ifou didn t know which I really enjoyed Not only is this the best Laird Barron novel it s among my favorite things he s written and I ve read all of it Can t wait for many installments of the continuing adventures of Coleridge When two mutilated bodies of local criminals are found signs point to a hired killer called The Croatoan But the Croatoan has been dead for ears right That s what Isaiah Coleridge wants to find outLaird Barron jumped nearly to the top of my favorite authors list in 2017 When this popped up on Netgalley I had to read itBlack Mountain continues the story of Isaiah Coleridge part Maori former hitman trying to leave the killing behind As Coleridge plays sleuth his violent nature stares him in the face again and again In this volume Coleridge tries to find the perpetrator of two murders and winds up with much on his handsLaird Barron s writing is as great as ever part Chandler part Thompson part Ellroy and even some Roger Zelazny in the mix eually adept at poetic descriptions and stark violence I had no idea who the killer was for most of the book I was too busy trying to piece things together along with Isaiah and LionelFor part of the book I thought Isaiah was a little too capable and the book meandered a bit Then the rug got anked out from under me and I wolfed down what was left in one long ass numbing sitting The Croatoan wound up being far interesting than Hosts (Repairman Jack, your run of the mill serial killers The book flirted with cosmic horror a bit at times Maybe the Children of Old Leech will be mentioned in the next oneWhile I love his brand of horror sometimesou just want to see bad guys get got Laird Barron delivers the goods here Four out of five stars This is the second book in the hard boiled crime series featuring Isaiah Coleridge As I noted in my review of the first book Blood Simple Coleridge is a mostly reformed mob enforcer who was working in Alaska until being exiled to upstate New York after a problem involving walruses pissed off the wrong man Isaiah is half Ma. Me but only the crime it controls and as it turns out Lee is the second independent contractor to meet a bad end on the business side of a serrated knife One such death can be overlooked Two makes a man wonderA guy in Harold Lee's business would make his fair share of enemies and it seems a likely case of pure revenge But as Coledrige turns over stones he finds himself dragged into something deeper and insidiou.
Ori and has a fondness for classic literature and dogs I enjoyed the first book and I wasn t a In the wake of True Detective there was a rush of readers and interest in the various influences Nic Pizzolatto dr Laird Barron was born in 1970 He is the author of several books including The Imago Seuence and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All Occultation and Other Stories He lives in the Rondout Valley in upstate New YorkAccording to Facebbook he enjoys the following authors Roald Dahl Shel Silverstein Roger Zelazny Edgar Allan Poe Cormac McCarthy Robert E Howard Algernon Blackwood Michael Shea Jack Vance Edgar Rice Burroughs Martin Cruz Smith and HP Lovecraft Black Mountain is Barron s second novel featuring retired mob hitman Isaiah Coleridge after 2018 s Blood Standard Borron seems to have departed from The Weird and the subgenre Bizarro fiction to concentrate on writing mysteries Isaiah Coleridge is a big hulking half Maori from his mothers side hunk of potential violence The nonetheless bookish Isaiah Coleridge always fantasized about being a Chandleresue kinda private eye and now he isIn this installment Isaiah is contacted by the Albany Syndicate to investigate the murder of thug for hire Henry Lee Someone removed Lee s head and hands with a serrated blade before dumping his corpse in the Ashokan Reservoir Isaiah meanwhile discovers that Lee s girlfriend is the daughter of an industrialist mogul whose business concerns reek of black ops espionage and government cover ups Blood Standard and Black Mountain were sold as a two book deal so time and book sales will tell if we see of Isaiah Coleridge Although well written and engaging Barron breaks no new ground here and after finishing the book a tickle of Deja Vous seems to overtake the narrative I enjoy reading Mr Barron et I believe he is not writing at his full potentialThis book is an uncorrected proof to be published May 7 2019Today 306 PM Wednesday April 24 2019 the first edition hardcover arrivedI purchased this book at a bookstore Laird Barron s BLACK MOUNTAIN is his best novel et which is saying something Expertly blending crime and horror Laird s non supernatural horrors become cosmicexistential in scope and feel similar to Peter Straub s genius novels KOKO THE THROAT My review of BLACK MOUNTAIN can be found at High Fever BooksBlood Standard the book that introduced the half M ori mob enforcer Isaiah Coleridge was one of my favorite books of 2018 Halfway through that one I found myself lamenting over the wait for book two I wanted it immediately This of course means that I had ridiculously high hopes for Black Mountain hopes that Laird Barron not only met entirely but brilliantly exceededExiled from Alaska to upstate New York Coleridge is making ends meet as a private investigator As Black Mountain opens we find him working a cheating spouse case the aggrieved party of which is an Aryan gang member out to put the hurt on Coleridge s client Right off the bat Barron delivers a big fight scene that showcases Coleridge s t Maori mobster turned gumshoe Isaiah Coleridge is back in Laird Barron s seuel to Blood Standard a gritty graphic crime thriller that not only introduced the world to a new lovable wise cracking detective but also debuted Barron s foray into the crimemystery genre Barron known for his horrordark fantasy follows his first crime thriller with Black Mountain Just as the mob can t seem to uit Coleridge the horror genre can t uite uit Barron Black Mountain doesn t fall easily into Stephen King territory but it comes close There are certainly creepy bump in the night inexplicable aspects of the novel that would fit comfortably in any of the weird fantastical horror stories for which Barron is best knownColeridge is hired by a local capo to investigate the brutal murders of two mafia assassins known to be uite skill. S than he could have imagined in a labyrinthine case spanning decades At the center are an heiress moonlighting as a cabaret dancer a powerful corporation with high placed connections and a serial killer who may have been honing his skills since the Vietnam WarA twisty action packed follow up to the acclaimed Blood Standard Black Mountain cements Laird Barron as an inventive and remarkable voice in crime fictio.
Laird Barron an expat Alaskan is the author of several books including The Imago Seuence and Other Stories; Swift to Chase; and Blood Standard Currently Barron lives in the Rondout Valley of New York State and is at work on tales about the evil that men doPhoto credit belongs to Ardi AlspachAgent Janet Reid of New Leaf Literary & Media