Monday, May 18, 2015

Paradise Burns by Marc E. Fitch [4 stars]

From the Description:

Disgraced former detective, Rudy Patchiss, has reinvented himself as a private investigator specializing in missing persons. He is hired to find college student, Jennifer Acres, and travels to the mountains near the Canadian border to plumb an underground world of sex, drugs, and rock n roll. What he finds is a deeper, more ancient evil that claims lives without being noticed in our modern day world. His investigation brings him to an urban nightmare city, a club called Paradise, and into a relationship with a tattooed bartender, Stacy, who tries to point him in the right direction. Ultimately, his work leads him deep into the mountains to a place that can truly be called Paradise; a place where there are no boundaries, no rules, no limits. It is a place of ultimate freedom that can be one mans Heaven and another mans Hell.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

The writing in Paradise Burns is dark and gritty. The descriptive passages hold a horrible and lyrical beauty that captured my imagination and wouldn't let go until I found out what happened next. The storyline captured the melancholy feeling of the dying towns and the dark places where those who are lost fall into the cracks never to be heard from again. The main character, Rudy Patchiss, is wholly sympathetic and realistically flawed. At times he wasn't very likable but you still wanted him to succeed. By the end of the book I found myself wondering who were the real monsters. The shadowy demons half-seen in the darkness, or those who prey on the damaged souls lost in the seedy underbelly of Paradise. This was my first book by Marc E. Fitch but it won't be my last!! A solid 4 star read.