In a sprawling urban landscape where magic is as common as technology, Zack Monday is a hard-working private detective, street-smart, resourceful, and clever. When a dead man walks into his office to solve the mystery of his own murder, will our hero be able to track down the hard truths that no one wants found? Along the way Zack must confront thugs, corrupt cops, ghosts, undead mobsters, angels, devils, and his ex-wife. But he won't have to do it alone; he'll get help from his partner – a half-goblin bruiser with a secret, and a slacker street-warlock whose involvement in the case is a bit of a mystery in and of itself.
Some people think being a private detective is all about following around people who are busy cheating on their significant others. Zack Monday is not that kind of private detective. He’s the kind of man that doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty, his body beaten up, or being involved in magic that’s not exactly safe – as long as he solves the case in the end. It’s this dedication to his job that makes him the perfect private detective to solve his dead client’s murder case.
Zack finds himself in deep as the pieces of the case start to unfold. He has to face old enemies, risk breaking hard sought truces, and test the loyalty of his closest friends. In a world where magic and mystical creatures are as common as technology and humans, it can be difficult to tell who’s right and who’s wrong, who’s good and who’s bad. And difficult to know who, exactly, Zack is working for as the case brings him to some of the darkest places he has ever been.
In Monday and the Murdered Man, Andrew Kirschbaum has woven a web of deceit, double dealing and mystery that keeps the reader guessing all the way through. He has created a world where underground battles are fought between creatures much more powerful than humans and where the lines of right and wrong are often blurred. The balance of these things directly affects the safety of humanity. It’s a good thing there are men like Zack Monday willing to put their lives on the line to make sure that balance is maintained.
I thank the author for a review copy and I give the book 5 stars.