Bart Lessard is one of my favourite contemporary authors. (Full disclosure: he and I are close friends, and his book Dead Men's Teeth is dedicated to me, but I loved his novels The Danse Joyeuse at Murderer's Corner and Rakehell years ago when we barely knew each other.)
His latest novel, Men of Blood, is a sequel to Rakehell, and it's even better than its predecessor. An exquisitely-written hybrid of violent swashbuckling adventure and strange love story, it's Yojimbo meets Braveheart.
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