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  • Burn Me Deadly

  • An Eddie LaCrosse Novel
  • By: Alex Bledsoe
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Summary

Alex Bledsoe's The Sword-Edged Blonde drew rave reviews for its ingenious blend of fantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction. Now he brings back his freelance sword jockey, Eddie LaCrosse, in an all-new tale of mean streets and medieval intrigue.

Eddie's on his way back from a routine investigation when his horse almost runs down a half-naked blonde in serious trouble. Against his better judgment, he promises to protect the frightened young woman, only to find himself waylaid by unknown assailants and left for dead beside her mutilated body.

Eddie's quest for payback leads him to a tangled mystery involving a notorious crime lord, a backwoods dragon cult, royal scandals, and a duplicitous femme fatale who has trouble keeping her clothes on. As the bodies pile up, Eddie must use all his wits if he hopes to survive.

©2009 Alex Bledsoe (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"An entertaining, well-crafted melding of fantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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another enjoyable story

once again the story was nice and fun.
not too long and not that complicated either.
I look forward to the next book.

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Just a great listen.

The narrator does a nice job really brings the book to life. Just about to down load the next one. I recommend this writer if you want to listen to an a engaging story. Not completed no ridiculous plot twist just enjoyable.

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Great follow up

Enjoyed this as much as the first book. Already listening to the next one. Thank you

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Brilliant

Loved the narrator. Story is also very good. Easy listening that keeps you entertained. Will try the next one. So far so good

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love these books

I love these books, didn't think I would. They're just so easy to listen to. Give them a go

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Sam Spade meets game of thrones

Very listenable and a unique idea. A medieval film noir. This gun for hire becomes this sword for hire. Very difficult plots and not predictable so far ( I’m up to book 4 now). Excellently read in a film noir narration style with believable characters. It passed the interest test as I carried the player from room to room rather than just leave it playing whilst I nipped to the kitchen etc.

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Fantasy Noir

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A really enjoyable blend of fantasy and hard-boiled PI detective story. It had me grinning at the familiar tropes given a new twist.

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  • S. Williams
  • 27-05-16

Listen again and again.

Eddie LaCrosse is an unlikely yet totally believable hard boiled detective, in an unlikely but believable medieval world. I'd love to meet him and know him. And the occasional anachronisms, which fit perfectly, make me smile with delight every time.

Stefan Rudnicki has the perfect "Eddie" voice. His character accents absolutely personify a "hard boiled" medieval world, and actually make the stories (if possible) better.

And Rudnicki's voice is liquid dark chocolate velvet. I could listen to him read a phone book, or a doctoral dissertation written in passive voice, and still be happy.

I can (and have) listened to the Eddie LaCrosse stories over and over, and loved then every time.

They're on my "listen to these when you need a reliably entertaining story" list.

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  • Katherine
  • 28-09-10

I love Alex and Stefan

Ah, the combination of Alex Bledsoe (the author), Eddie LaCrosse (the hero) and Stefan Rudnicki (the reader) ??? it doesn???t get much better than that!

Burn Me Deadly is the sequel to The Sword-Edged Blonde, which I adored, and since Mr. Bledsoe has been picked up by Tor, I???m guessing I???m not the only one who felt that way. I???m happy to report that I enjoyed Burn Me Deadly even more than The Sword-Edged Blonde. Mr. Bledsoe???s got a good thing going here and I think his success results primarily from three factors:

1. His writing style is consistently clear, spare, and straightforward. There is no feel of a conscious attempt to be stylish, yet there are occasional beautiful insights and figures of speech (especially Eddie???s similes) and a splash of grim humor. This style works perfectly with the first-person voice and noir style of these books ??? just the facts, ma???am.
2. His hero is mature (not an angsty teenager) and naturally likable. Eddie LaCrosse is just a normal guy. Well, he???s actually from a minor noble family, but this is almost irrelevant so far. (I???m not sure if Mr. Bledsoe plans to capitalize on Eddie???s connections later, but if so, thankfully there???s no foreshadowing.) Eddie???s got some serious skills since he worked as a sword-jockey, but he doesn???t have any magical powers or instruments, or any sort of prophecy, destiny, or hero complex.
3. His plot is quick, exciting, tense, and realistic. There are no foreshadowed events or ridiculous plot contortions to get characters in the right places at the right times, and the things you think you see coming don???t come. You often feel like you???re reading a straight crime novel (in a different world), until suddenly there???s a god or a dragon. Also, nothing is prettied up. Sex happens, torture happens, swearing happens, murders happen.

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  • NightRunner
  • 29-12-20

Ok

I definitely liked the first story better and hate what happened to his horse in this story. This one was hard-pressed to keep my attention but I did finish the story and an going to read the next book in the series.

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  • Paul
  • 27-12-11

Another Winner for Bledsoe!

Great continuing adventure for Eddie LaCrosse who seems to never stop winding up on the wrong side of the sword at the right time... Another fantasy/mystery told in Raymond Chandler style by the deep rich voice of Stefan Rudnicki. No better narrator could have been chosen to give the story it's 1930's mystery novel feel - while being interestingly set in a medieval fantasy. I look forward to continuing LaCrosse novels.

In this story, Eddie is nearly killed trying to help a young girl after being thrown down a cliff with his horse. He takes up the investigation into who these strange men are and what was so important about the girl.

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  • Bonnie
  • 04-10-11

Alex Bledsoe and Stefan Rudnicki GREAT!

This is the second book in the series of "Eddie LaCross". The first book "Sword-Edged Blond" was fantastic, and should be read first. there is humor and mystery and a bit of magic and brutal reality. A hard edged detective, who carries a sword, and tries very hard to bury his past that has tortured him. Start this series with book 1 "Sword-Edged Blond" then continue with "Burn Me Deadly". You will laugh, and run the gambit of emotions with Eddie. I am looking forward to now listening to "Dark Jenny" third book in this series. I recommend this series and I am looking forward to listening to more from Alex Bledsoe.

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  • DIY Wannabe
  • 23-08-21

Very dissatisfied with Plus options

Audible software engineers removed the ability of windows 10 users to download plus offerings. Since I live in the country and have a metered (expensive) ISP, I must go to town to the library to download selections to my mp3 player for listening at home. For some reason, I must log on to the audible web site to purchase a book, then sign off and launch the "audible app" to download to a device. These steps also apply when attempting to delete a plus catalog selection, because Audible software engineers removed the ability to download plus selections. However any plus selections I chose before I knew of this mess, are still in my library and causing confusion. I was given instructions by support on how to delete them, however the instructions do not work! Every time I post this issue, I receive a satisfaction survey. When I fill out the survey and click submit, I receive an incomprehensible error message and the feedback is not submitted.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-21

Interesting and engaging

I’ve finished all of this series so wanted to come back to the first to write a review. These stories were fun and action packed. With a good message of redemption and becoming a better person. The narrators smooth voice makes it a joy to listen to!

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  • Anne
  • 22-09-20

Problem with recording, missing chapters

Problem with recording, missing chapters

Problem with recording, missing chapters


Problem with recording, missing chapters, too bad

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  • Christopher R Jones
  • 18-07-22

Good Story!

Twist and turns that keep you guessing about where the story is going...very entertaining.

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  • Brenda A
  • 19-06-22

Eddie LaCrosse is my new fave anti-hero!

This was the second story I read from the Eddie LaCrosse series from Alex Bledsoe.

LaCrosse's medieval times detective is a cross between the wize-cracking Harry Dresden and the investigatory genius, Sherlock Holmes, with a healthy heaping of D'Artagnan thrown in.

First, I love Bledsoe's dialogue-writing style, using modern syntax and vernacular, and his tongue-in-cheek clever way of using a modern phrases reverse-engineered to reference a medieval staple.

Bledsoe's characters are interesting, complex, and the plot never plods. Pure entertainment from start to finish. Also, Stefan Rudnicki is, as always, exceptional. His buttery man-vocals and timing are spot on.

Invest in the Eddie Lacrosse series - you'll love it!