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Fall, 1970. Los Angeles has always been a den of danger and bliss, but even darker tidings brew in the City of Angels. Cults, magic, and the supernatural are leaking into the worlds of glamour and dives of the gutter. To the spectators walking down Hollywood Blvd, it’s just more proof that La La Land is over the cuckoo’s nest. But to former child magician and Korean veteran turned newly-licensed private investigator James Brimstone, it means business is picking up.
After attending his mentor’s funeral, Brimstone signs his first client: Nico, a beautiful actress with a face full of scars and an unbelievable story of sex, demons, and violence on the set of a pornographic film in the San Fernando Valley. The cops chalk it up to a bad trip from a lost soul, but Brimstone knows better.
He takes the case, but the investigation goes haywire as he encounters Hell’s Angels, a lost book of Japanese erotica, and a new enemy whose powers may fill the streets of L.A. with blood. He’ll have to us his Carney wits, magic tricks, and a whole lotta charm to make it out of a world that is becoming . . . Hex-Rated.
|Title||:||Hex-Rated: A Brimstone Files Novel|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
May 14, 2017
Pulp fiction joyride across seventies LA.
This is the stuff cult movies are made of. Hex-rated is a mash-up of Magic Castle, A Boy Named Sue, and Lair of the White Worm. Take a disenchanted, down-on-his-luck guy trying to do the right thing, James Brimstone--most of the time. Add some noir elemen...
April 24, 2017
I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
I really wanted to like this book, but unfortunately, it didn't really capture my attention. I didn't connect with the characters, and it turned into another run-of-the-mill urban fantasy that failed to live up its potential.
June 03, 2017
James Brimstone doesn’t want to have anything to do with magic anymore. With the burial of his cruel mentor, all his remaining bridges to the world of hexes and demons have been burnt. He can start work as a private investigator and leave the supernatural behind him.
His first case, predictably en...
August 18, 2017
I really wanted to like this book. Urban fantasy set in the seedy side of 70's era, Los Angeles? Yes, please. But I couldn't connect with Brimstone at all. The overuse of metaphors lost my attention page after page. Why use one, when you can use three? Well, because the reader has forgotten what...
July 27, 2017
Just fun to read. This book is a throwback to the sleazy paperbacks(and I mean that in the kindest way) of the seventies(not the fifties as are most of these "homages"). Fun, sexy, violent and mostly tongue in cheek--read it, man, now!
June 21, 2017
Sometimes you are attracted to a book because of an author. Sometimes a publisher. Or Sometimes it's a cover. The latter was the case with Hex Rated. I was just tentatively exploring Netgalley ( a site that lets you apply for review copies of books ) not intending to go for anything, just see ho...
September 09, 2017
It’s weird. I liked the opening of the book, and found it MOSTLY okay for about 1/4 of it…but then the issues started glaring me in the face.
On the face of it the things I liked are the 1970’s setting, the pulpy feel, some of the story and plot ideas and the shortish chapters.
I’m not sure what t...
August 12, 2017
I really wanted to like this book as it seemed to be right up my alley. However, being set in 1970 (assuming this since MASH was in the theater in one scene in the book) some details did not add up. Not going to list them here as another Amazon reviewer has already taken the time to write a whole...
July 30, 2017
It's Los Angeles in the 70's and James Brimstone is a down and out ex-carney, burying the man who taught him magic (real magic) while endeavoring to launch his Private Eye practice. When a woman shows up outside his office, covered in scars of a supernatural bent, he signs on for a lot more than...
July 23, 2017
Hollywood Detective with Magic
Hex-Rated: A Brimstone Files Novel: 3 stars
James Brimstone is Jack of many trades: former child magician in circus, Korean veteran and now a licensed private investigator. His new life starts with his mentor’s funeral and his first client Nico, the scarred beautiful...