I really like a good gangster story, especially a Depression era gangster story. If it’s set in Chicago, well, that’s a plus. And while tales set in the realm of faery aren’t among those I actively seek out, I’m willing to give one a try. Especially when the author is Ari Marmell.
And when Marmell combines both of those genres, I’m in. I would like to thank Tom Green of Titan Books for the review copy. I would also like to apologize for letting this one slip through the cracks and not reviewing it sooner.
Marmell first introduced the character of Mick Oberon in the short story “The Purloined Ledger”, included in his collection Strange New Words (reviewed here).
Oberon (yes, he’s related to that Oberon) is a private detective in Chicago. Capone went to prison a year before. Now the power structure among the mob is trying to restabilize.
Oberon is asked by a mobster to do a favor for his boss’s wife. At first he turns down the job, but then he discovers his landlord and friend needs cash to keep the building. So Mick reluctantly agrees to take the job. Continue reading