Life sucks, then you die. Period. Unless you're James Stark, a hitman in Hell for eleven years before escaping back up to Hell-on-earth L.A. -- looking for revenge, absolution... love, maybe. But Hell's not through with Stark. Heaven't not either.
Sandman Slim was selected as our book-club pick at The Outhouse,
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I really enjoyed this book, the start to a new urban fantasy series about the title character: Sandman Slim. It distanced itself from other urban fantasies with it's dark tones and spooky main character who walks a line between good and bad after the time he spent in hell.
He starts off simply looking for revenge on those that cast him into hell, but the layers of the story are revealed the more he digs into why. The surrounding characters were interesting enough, though none could really compete with Sandman for attention.
My only issue with the story was how L.A. came off in it. Although the plot does get into evil forces working against the emotions of everyday people, so perhaps the darkness of the city was only enhances by that. But Sandman did seem to continually act like it was a normal thing so I wasn't sure how to feel about that. It worked for the book, but didn't quite fit the real world perception I have of L.A.
I would highly recommend this book for urban fantasy fans. If you like books like Dresden Files and wouldn't mind exploring a darker tone then this book is for you. It's available now in paperback and the second volume is out with the third soon coming.