Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

When your past comes back to haunt you and you are forced to make a tough decision, what do you do? That is what The Warden must ask himself. Welcome to Low Town, a town with streets riddled with thugs, hustlers, junkies, crime, corruption and an evil that even a man as dark as The Warden cannot imagine.

Crime and drugs rules The Warden’s present. Disgraced by his past, he is forced into a life of crime. He is a long forgotten hero, once a revered intelligence officer he is now nothing more then a drug dealer, a criminal, another low life that most people fear. Living day to day selling drugs and ruling the streets, he has succumbed to the fact that anything other then destitution is beyond his grasp. Until one day, the day he sees the face of a child looking up at him, no life left in his eyes.

Diving back into the life he left behind he once again becomes an agent in search of the mystery behind the face of this child. He is trying to protect his home. He is trying to find the truth. So many faces left in the dust with no one looking to the source of the crime. Not this time. The Warden follows the path of lies and deception to where he least expects it, to a darkness so evil, it defies corruption and sorcery. What will The Warden have to face to grasp what is looking at him in the face?

Filled with a reminiscent feel of the darkest noir novels, Low Town is an multifaceted novel that takes the reader on an interesting journey down a winding road of corruption. A large vocabulary and an active descriptive sensibility are the bread and butter of this novel, laying open the depths of this story’s plot and showing the author’s wealth of knowledge.

Though well described and thoughtful, the feel of the story and a portion of the dialogue does not fully live up to the language backing it. However, the combination of crime versus fantasy gives Low Town an enticing and noteworthy basis that will appeal to those often reaching for a novel in the fantasy, crime and noir genres.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh, PA with her fiance and her two beautiful cats. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also an artist, writer, environmental activist, creative coordinator and aspiring culinary genius. She believes there is nothing better to her then a good book, and lives one cover to the next.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Doubleday. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.