Thursday, March 27, 2014

Book Review - Hard Day's Knight: The Black Knight Chronicles Volume One by John G. Hartness

Meet 20 somethings Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood, two private investigators who live in Charlotte, North Carolina. They solve cases that no one else would even deign to touch and are your typical geeks who play XBox, World of Warcraft (FAVE!) and they have yet to find girlfriends.

Oh yeah, one other thing - they are both vampires.

Welcome to Hard Day's Knight by the ever talented and awesome author John Hartness.

I met Hartness several years ago at a convention and ended up purchasing several of his books that sat in my library for quite some time. Finally, I decided to read one of his books and I'm glad that I did. Not only do you have two bumbling yet well meaning vampire private investigators, but you also have a fallen angel who owns a strip club, a not so innocent priest who is the vampires' best friend, a police detective who is all bark AND bite, and, of course, Lilith, whose blood is better than anything imaginable.  I won't go into the actual case that takes up most of the novel; all I can say is that with such a colourful cast of characters, how could anyone go wrong in reading this book? I began reading this novel with a big laugh during the opening scene; these guys are not your typical suave and fashionably well dressed "creatures of the night", which makes them even more personal and realistic than any other vampire I have read. So it is that, while Jimmy is chained to a chair by a young and scrawny guy who desperately wants to be turned, his partner Greg comes crashing through the roof and attempts to look menacing with his cape that immediately turns hilarious. Yeah, it's like that.

Hartness has his own style of pacing while creating well thought out characters, and a voice that makes you believe you are right there with Jimmy and Greg as they do their best to correct a major wrong in their beloved city. Hartness' writing is strong and needs no added preservatives or fillers to make the story work. It just simply tells itself and the reader can't help but dive right in with a toothy grin on their face.

Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of this book; I guarantee a good time will be had by all.

If you happen to see Hartness at a convention, shake his hand, buy his books and tell him that the Goth Librarian sent you. 


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