The Kill Society (Sandman Slim #9) by Richard Kadrey

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Sandman Slim returns in this stunning, high-octane ninth thriller in the series, filled with the intense, kick-ass action and inventive fantasy that are the hallmarks of New York Timesbestselling author Richard Kadrey.

Sandman Slim has been to Heaven and Hell and many places in between, but now he finds himself in an unknown land: the far, far edge of the Tenebrae, the desolate home of the lost dead. Making his way inland with nothing but his unerring instinct for trouble to guide him, he collides with a caravan of the damned on a mysterious crusade, led by the ruthless Magistrate. Alone and with no clue how to get back home, he throws in with this brutal bunch made up of human souls, Hellion deserters, rogue angels—and Father Traven.

Slim didn’t land in Tenebrae by chance. His little stunt of trying to open Heaven has set off a tsunami across the universe. Now, the afterlife is falling apart because of the ensuing warfare. And when Heaven finds out Slim is close by, the angels put a fat bounty on his head.

It’s one thing to ride with a ferocious criminal pack across the treacherous plains—it’s another to do it when everyone in the land of the dead is itching to keep you there permanently. But Slim’s not too worried. He’s been fighting cosmic forces bent on destroying Heaven, Hell, Earth, and him for years. A pack of vicious bounty hunters, vengeful angels, and dangerous enemies with friendly smiles isn’t going to stop him fixing the chaos he’s caused . . . one way or another.

Pet’s $0.02

The Sandman Slim books just keep getting better and more convoluted.

There have been so many changes since we’ve last talked about Jimmy and what’s going on in his life.

He’s had some huge losses. Personal and professional. He’s made some monumental choices. Some haven’t worked out all that well.

God is mad at him, Wormwood just wants to fuck with him, his relationship with Candy is changing, and not in ways that I’m really okay with. His video store is struggling.  He can’t trust many people, and the one person who pretty much always has his back is Samael, and he’s not thrilled with the job Jimmy stuck him with the last time they got together.

Throw in Jimmy’s unexpected return to the outskirts of Hell, his reunions with a missing friend and a long-lost lover, add in a psycho Messiah, stir…and you have non-stop action and a ton of intrigue with emotion bleeding all over the place.

James (Jimmy) Stark is one of my favorite all time book anti-hero’s. Most of the trouble he finds himself in he created, and what he hasn’t created himself he makes worse with his disregard for anyone in a position of power. I couldn’t pull off his bravado, but I love living vicariously through him.

I always find something to love about a Sandman Slim book. This one is marginally better than the last, The Perdition Score, but they’re all so good it’s hard to pick any one thing out that makes one better than the other. All I know is that I finished this one and wanted to dive right into book ten, Hollywood Dead. I was so disappointed to find out it doesn’t release until August 28th, but I can guarantee what I’ll be doing on that day.

For those who are Audiobook fans, give the audio versions a shot. I love how MacLeod Andrews brings all of these characters to life.