An Easy Death

An Easy Death

Book - 2018
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"Immersive, involving, suspenseful, and intriguing, with a main character you'll love." --Lee Child, #1 internationally bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels

"When a master of her craft offers to tell you a story, let her. The results are dazzling." --Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of the Alex, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning Wayward Children series.

The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the inspiration for HBO's True Blood, and the Midnight Crossroad trilogy adapted for NBC's Midnight, Texas , has written a taut new thriller--the first in the Gunnie Rose series--centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose.

Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie. For the wizards, Gunnie Rose has already acquired a fearsome reputation and they're at a desperate crossroad, even if they won't admit it. They're searching through the small border towns near Mexico, trying to locate a low-level magic practitioner, Oleg Karkarov. The wizards believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin, and that Oleg's blood can save the young tsar's life.

As the trio journey through an altered America, shattered into several countries by the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression, they're set on by enemies. It's clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.
Publisher: New York : Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781481494922
1481494929
Branch Call Number: URBAN FANTASY HARRIS C
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 24 cm

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mlbrqsp2
Jun 10, 2019

Absolutely loved it! I too was a bit confused by the timeline but, I just decided to go with the flow and not get too caught up in details. Lizbeth is a true delight! I loved the Midnight series by Charlaine Harris too and, after reading some of the comments here, I need to look for her Sookie Stackhouse series.

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callig
May 19, 2019

How many stars this book should get is of course a completely subjective matter, of taste.
Harris is certainly at least a thoroughly competent hack, who can always be counted on to deliver a well-written yarn.
Her fortes seem to be genre-bending and strong characterization. Most writers struggle to deliver one interest-arousing genre tweak and vivid characters but with Sookie Stackhouse, Aurora Teagarden, and two more totally original series, she shows that she's no one-trick pony. Strong female characters are hard to be, to write, or at least have accepted as realistic, but she pulls it off, repeatedly. Fun!

JessicaGma Apr 11, 2019

I was hoping for more in an alternate western fantasy, and it just never got there. It's a pale shadow when compared to the Wake of Vultures series by Lila Bowen. Now that's awesome western writing.

DBRL_BriannaD Mar 15, 2019

This was my very first Western! As I am a huge lover of fantasy, I couldn't resist this genre blend. The setting of the book intrigued me--an alternate history in which FDR was assassinated before assuming office, and the United States fractured and fell apart during the Great Depression. When you add in wizards from the Holy Russian Empire which has taken over California, you've got a fascinating combination. There's just enough magic to keep me interested, but the focus here is really on Lizbeth Rose, a good old-fashioned gunslinger. There's plenty of shootouts and treks through the desert, and I found the characters compelling. If you're like me and have never read Westerns, this is a great way to ease into the genre!

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davebone
Feb 03, 2019

Not my favorite book.

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daysleeper236
Jan 20, 2019

Not my favourite by Charlaine Harris, but still somewhat entertaining.

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pondgrl
Jan 07, 2019

I love Charlaine Harris supernatural books, but I just couldn't get into this one. Distopian fiction has become a big thing lately, but I had a very hard time with the timeline of this book - I still can't be sure when/where it was. Honestly, it was a disappointment, which is unfortunate, because I've read all of her Sookie and Midnight, Texas books.

OPL_AmyW Jul 06, 2018

"An Easy Death" is an enjoyable western set in an alternate reality within a fractured United States filled with Russian-born wizards. I wouldn't classify it as a thriller. The book shares more in common with traditional westerns than modern thrillers - including a fierce but likable, gun-toting heroine.

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