The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky — book review

The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky, Hodder & Stoughton ‘18.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Welcome to Low Town: a place where the line between the law and the criminal is conveniently blurred, where sorcery and medicine mix, where the elite rub shoulders with the dregs of society. It is a place of addiction, violence and double-crossing, of seedy bars and backstreet dealing.

Warden, ex-soldier turned infamous member of the criminal underground, thrives in this town. It is his domain and he exists quite comfortably under the bureaucratic radar — that is, until he finds a dead girl; and this one didn’t die well. Suspected, pursued, he moves from one ally to the next, follows one clue to another, facing threats from sorcery, plague and worse. The only solution may be the straight razor cure.

Polansky’s writing is confident and punchy from the offset. The action rips along at a brilliant pace allowing us to experience this gritty world through the eyes of a thrilling, dangerous, flawed, yet strangely endearing protagonist. This is modern, dark fantasy at its best and a debut to be envied.

The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky, Hodder & Stoughton ‘18.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Welcome to Low Town: a place where the line between the law and the criminal is conveniently blurred, where sorcery and medicine mix, where the elite rub shoulders with the dregs of society. It is a place of addiction, violence and double-crossing, of seedy bars and backstreet dealing.

Warden, ex-soldier turned infamous member of the criminal underground, thrives in this town. It is his domain and he exists quite comfortably under the bureaucratic radar — that is, until he finds a dead girl; and this one didn’t die well. Suspected, pursued, he moves from one ally to the next, follows one clue to another, facing threats from sorcery, plague and worse. The only solution may be the straight razor cure.

Polansky’s writing is confident and punchy from the offset. The action rips along at a brilliant pace allowing us to experience this gritty world through the eyes of a thrilling, dangerous, flawed, yet strangely endearing protagonist. This is modern, dark fantasy at its best and a debut to be envied.