Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw
Published October 11th 2016
Genre: Noir Mystery
Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review (my friend also bought this book for me…)
John Persons is a private investigator with a distasteful job from an unlikely client. He’s been hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid’s stepdad, McKinsey. The man in question is abusive, abrasive, and abominable.
He’s also a monster, which makes Persons the perfect thing to hunt him. Over the course of his ancient, arcane existence, he’s hunted gods and demons, and broken them in his teeth.
As Persons investigates the horrible McKinsey, he realizes that he carries something far darker than the expected social evils. He’s infected with an alien presence, and he’s spreading that monstrosity far and wide. Luckily Persons is no stranger to the occult, being an ancient and magical intelligence himself. The question is whether the private dick can take down the abusive stepdad without releasing the holds on his own horrifying potential.
This book is about John Persons, a private investigator that is hired by a young kid to kill his step-dad.
The plot of the novella was intriguing but I felt that something was missing. Not everything is explained in this book so, if you only like fully explained mysteries, this might not be for you. I know there’s a sequel coming so maybe some things will be cleared.
Still, the story-line moved fast and kept me reading.
The characters were interesting. It focused primarily on John Persons, the P. I. hired by the kid, Abel. I don’t really know who was my favourite character because I felt like there wasn’t much development.
Because I heard so much about this novella, I was expecting more.
Nonetheless, it was a quick and fun read and I enjoyed it for what it was.
Rating: 3 stars