Series: Nicolas Lenoir #1
Published by Roc on December 3, 2013
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
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My Reviews in this series: Master of Plagues
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
He used to be the best detective on the job. Until he became the hunted...
Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.
When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy—until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Desperate to find his young friend before the worst befalls him, Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom ...
A most deplorable fellow
Darkwalker is a deliciously atmospheric read of the slightly creepy kind. Set in a city that reminds me of Victorian London and starring a police inspector Nicolas Lenoir who used to be highly esteemed but now seems to be uncaring and from the looks of it a bit crooked. Things have happened in his career that have changed him from a man that respected the law and sought justice to an apathetic loner who just goes thru the motions and doesn’t mind lining his pockets a little along the way. His underling Sergeant Kody is tired of Lenoir refusing to put effort into all of his cases. So on this recent cases of corpse theft of 9-year old boys Kody decides to pursue the investigation on his own. Lenoir is completely unmoved until living boys start being abducted and one of them just so happens to be a street orphan that he had become somewhat attached to.
The creep comes out at night
So what makes this mystery dark and creepy? Other then the theft of dead little boys we are soon introduced to this odd spirit, creature, demon, whatever you want to call him that can see from the eyes of the dead and who’s job it is to punish those that disgrace and foul the bodies of the deceased. He brutally punishes all perpetrators he can find and he is relentless. The entity has some kind of history with Lenoir that is slowly revealed to us as they encounter each other once again after ten years of Lenoir’s running. This addition of this vengeful spirit really adds to the atmosphere and firmly gives the read that of a paranormal, setting a toe a little into horror. At least you know if you meet this creature there is likely a very good reason why you deserve the business end of his whip.
When there is no redemption for your stained soul
Lenoir is an odd mix of a character that I absolutely loved to hate. He’s foul tempered, apathetic and now a dirty cop that doesn’t care about doing his job unless there is something in it for him. But you can tell he was once a good man. Whatever it is that torments him has been haunting and slowly destroying him for the past ten years. When he finally faces the fact that he can no longer run that is when I finally started liking him as a person (though I loved his tortured character from the beginning). His is a story so worth reading!
I’ve got your gumshoe
If you like mysteries with an edge of dark fantasy where everything has a somber note then you definitely want to read Darkwalker!