Low Town by Daniel Polansky
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Drug dealers, hustlers, brothels, dirty politics, corrupt cops . . . and sorcery. Welcome to Low Town.

In the forgotten back alleys and flophouses that lie in the shadows of Rigus, the finest city of the Thirteen Lands, you will find Low Town. It is an ugly place, and its cham­pion is an ugly man. Disgraced intelligence agent. Forgotten war hero. Independent drug dealer. After a fall from grace five years ago, a man known as the Warden leads a life of crime, addicted to cheap violence and expensive drugs. Every day is a constant hustle to find new customers and protect his turf from low-life competition like Tancred the Harelip and Ling Chi, the enigmatic crime lord of the heathens.

The Warden’s life of drugged iniquity is shaken by his dis­covery of a murdered child down a dead-end street . . . set­ting him on a collision course with the life he left behind. As a former agent with Black House—the secret police—he knows better than anyone that murder in Low Town is an everyday thing, the kind of crime that doesn’t get investi­gated. To protect his home, he will take part in a dangerous game of deception between underworld bosses and the psy­chotic head of Black House, but the truth is far darker than he imagines. In Low Town, no one can be trusted.

Daniel Polansky has crafted a thrilling novel steeped in noir sensibilities and relentless action, and set in an original world of stunning imagination, leading to a gut-wrenching, unforeseeable conclusion. Low Town is an attention-grabbing debut that will leave readers riveted . . . and hun­gry for more.


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About Daniel Polansky

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DANIEL POLANSKY is from Baltimore, Maryland. Low Town is his first novel.
 
Published August 16, 2011 by Anchor. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 2011 ISBN: 978-0-385-53446-8 Page ...

Aug 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Low Town: A novel

Publishers Weekly

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When the Warden discovers a murdered child in the alley of a squalid Rigus slum called Low Town, he must rely on his old expertise to find the girl's killer.

Jun 06 2011 | Read Full Review of Low Town: A novel

New York Journal of Books

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Reading Low Town requires the reader to build understanding in context, methodically piecing together the intriguing and complex puzzle.For example, Warden, lives in Rigus.

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AV Club

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The first chapter of Low Town, Daniel Polansky’s debut novel, opens with a piss and closes with a puke.

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SF Signal

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Oct 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Low Town: A novel

Chamber Four

It’s unclear exactly what that title means, but it’s certain that the Warden is the primary drug dealer in Low Town, the nickname for the slums of a large city in Polansky’s fantastical Thirteen Lands.

Nov 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Low Town: A novel

Fantasy Faction

I read this book at the weekend and thought it was absolutely excellent, knocked spots of A Tale of The Kin and Prince of Thorns for me, very dark, comical and extremely well written.

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Fantasy Faction

I read this book at the weekend and thought it was absolutely excellent, knocked spots of A Tale of The Kin and Prince of Thorns for me, very dark, comical and extremely well written.

Sep 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Low Town: A novel

Strange Horizons

In an urban, faux-London setting appropriated from Dickens via Pratchett, with extra grit from The Wire sprinkled on top, the Warden, a former street-kid, the semi-ward of a powerful sorcerer, a grunt soldier turned army lieutenant turned police inspector turned special forces agent turned renega...

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Escape Pod

Low Town by Daniel Polansky wants to be an action-packed noir mystery novel set in a fantasy world.

Aug 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Low Town: A novel

Sci-Fi Bulletin

“There’s such a thing as right and wrong.” “No, Adolphus – there’s just dead and alive.” Welcome back to Low Town where a missing persons case opens old wounds on both a personal and much larger scale for Warden… That quote pretty much sums up the ethos of Low Town and our guide to it, Warden, a...

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Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Daniel Polansky’s novel Low Town is a violent procedural with an embittered antihero at its center.

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