by Charles de Lint – Originally published under the pseudonym Samuel Key, this Newford novel reveals a darker side of the world. de Lint wanted to give his traditional readers an easy way to delineate between his less-dark (i.e., normal) writing and his darker forays. Now the Key books are available under his actual name, which makes them easier to find at the library.
In this book, a dead serial killer and child molester has found a way to express himself physically in Newford… and he’s not letting a little thing like death stop him from killing again… and again. The protagonists are a mixed lot who have different skills and talents to bring to bear, but the darkness will not leave this world quietly or peacefully.
I really enjoyed this book, gory as it was in places, as it gave me a chance to look at a whole ‘nuther side of Newford and its magics. It gave me a more well-rounded view of both and it confirmed my belief that there had to be a grittier side to that world. I look forward to exploring both sides of Newford more, as I read the rest of the series. (finished 10/26/11)