The Sword-Edged Blonde

By Alex Bledsoe
Directed by Emily Janice Card
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

The Eddie LaCrosse Novels: Book 1

8.47 Hours 02/26/2009 unabridged
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It should have been a case like any other: a missing princess, a king willing to pay in gold for her return. But before he realizes it, private investigator Eddie LaCrosse, a slightly shopworn sword jockey with a talent for discretion and detection, is swept up in a web of mystery and deceit involving a brutally murdered royal heir, a queen accused of an unspeakable crime, and the tragic past he thought he’d left behind. In order to uncover the answers he seeks, Eddie must delve into the dark underbelly of society while digging deep into his own private history, drawing past and present together. Vast conspiracies, women both beautiful and deadly, and a centuries-old revenge scheme are only a few of the pieces in a lethal puzzle. The Sword-Edged Blonde is a tour de force foray into a realm of action, intrigue, and murder.

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Summary

Summary

It should have been a case like any other: a missing princess, a king willing to pay in gold for her return. But before he realizes it, private investigator Eddie LaCrosse, a slightly shopworn sword jockey with a talent for discretion and detection, is swept up in a web of mystery and deceit involving a brutally murdered royal heir, a queen accused of an unspeakable crime, and the tragic past he thought he’d left behind.

In order to uncover the answers he seeks, Eddie must delve into the dark underbelly of society while digging deep into his own private history, drawing past and present together. Vast conspiracies, women both beautiful and deadly, and a centuries-old revenge scheme are only a few of the pieces in a lethal puzzle.

The Sword-Edged Blonde is a tour de force foray into a realm of action, intrigue, and murder.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The Sword-Edged Blonde has all the finesse and depth of a great hard-boiled mystery but takes place in a fully realized heroic fantasy setting.  From start to finish, it’s a treat for readers of either genre and easily one of the better books I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year. Don’t miss this one.” Charles de Lint
“Incorporating elements from both hard-boiled mystery and heroic fantasy, Bledsoe’s genre-blending first novel is both stylish and self-assured: Raymond Chandler meets Raymond E. Feist.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Those who like both fantasy and hard-boiled detective stories will love this genre-crossing novel…With his gravelly voice, Stefan Rudnicki becomes LaCrosse…Rudnicki’s narration shapes the images and emotions that move the plot forward. Intertwined mysteries create a twisting tale of murder and supernatural forces that inhabit the lands of Arentia. Rudnicki carefully delivers every moment of love, faith, and revenge.” AudioFile
“Fans of Glen Cook’s Garrett novels or hard-boiled detective fiction will appreciate this well-crafted gem of a tale.” Library Journal
“The Sword-Edged Blonde is a rollicking and quite enjoyable genre-blending novel. The unlikely pairing of hard-boiled mystery with heroic fantasy is great fun. Stefan Rudnicki is perfectly cast for this reading and brings an obvious enjoyment of the subject matter to his narrative. The characters are distinctive, the narrative is clear and imaginative; Mr. Rudnicki’s performance is a delight.” SoundCommentary
“Intrigue reaches feverish new heights in Bledsoe’s witty mixture of romantic fantasy and hard-boiled detective elements.” Booklist

Reviews

Reviews

by CorayThan 9/13/2017
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Uninspired hardboiled detective + fantasy

At best, this book should be entertaining for someone who adores film noir and fantasy all mashed together.

But for me, all it was was a boring, uninspired mixture of two cliches. I couldn't even make it through the whole book. The plot and characters were uninteresting and one-dimensional, and I was offended by the female objectification.
by ET3D 9/13/2017
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A largely enjoyable book

Note: some minor spoilers.

In a world of tough men and staggeringly beautiful women (and some silly names), Eddie LaCrosse is one of the former (who happens to come across some of the latter). He is the kind of guy who travels all over the place, takes no shit, and doesn't lose a fight unless it involves getting up with a bad headache. Which I guess goes to show that what goes around comes round.

The book is generally an enjoyable read. The only things that bothered me were that first of all the character, who is also the narrator, deliberately keeps from telling things he knows. And I don't mean conclusions and suspicions, but things about the past, or things which just happened in the story. I feel that's a shoddy way for the writer to keep suspense.

The second thing I didn't like was all the beautiful women and what happens to them. In particular I wasn't comfortable with Eddie making love to an emaciated and scabbed and yet incredibly alluring woman.

Still, the story held my interest well enough and I might have given it 4 stars if I wasn't just now listening to The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, which, while not perfect itself, is a lot more imaginative than this book.

Narration was fine. I had no problem with it.

Author

Author Bio: Alex Bledsoe

Alex Bledsoe grew up in west Tennessee, an hour north of Graceland. He’s been a reporter, editor, photographer, and door-to-door vacuum-cleaner salesman. He has published more than fifty short stories on topics as diverse as big-game hunters, mermaids, modern witches, Victorian gentlemen, and country musicians. He has two sons and lives in Wisconsin.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 8.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English