Johannes Cabal, the Detective

Johannes Cabal, the Detective

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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Johannes Cabal, necromancer of some little infamy, returns in this riotously clever and terrifically twisted tale of murder and international intrigue.

In this genre-twisting novel, infamous necromancer Johannes Cabal, after beating the Devil and being reunited with his soul, leads us on another raucous journey in a little-known corner of the world. This time he's on the run from the local government.

Stealing the identity of a minor bureaucrat, Cabal takes passage on the Princess Hortense , a passenger aeroship that is leaving the country. The deception seems perfect, and Cabal looks forward to a quiet trip and a clean escape, until he comes face-to-face with Leonie Barrow, an enemy from the old days who could blow his cover. But when a fellow passenger throws himself to his death, or at least that is how it appears, Cabal begins to investigate out of curiosity. His minor efforts result in a vicious attempt on his own  life-and then the gloves come off.

Cabal and Leonie-the only woman to ever match wits with him-reluctantly team up to discover the murderer. Before they are done, there will be more narrow escapes, involving sword fighting and newfangled flying machines. There will be massive destruction, not to mention resurrected dead . . .

Steampunk meets the classic Sherlockian mystery in this rip-roaring adventure where anything could happen . . . and does.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385528092
Branch Call Number: HOWAR
Characteristics: viii, 289 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.


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Cabel is a Necromancer with an overdeveloped id. His matter-of-fact self interest comes across as witty and irreverent, just the way I like my heroes. Think Indiana Jones without that annoying conscience.

Dec 22, 2015

I nice sequel to an already creative story. The reader gets a little more understanding into how Cabal thinks and works now that he has acquired his soul and is back to his nefarious deeds. The surprise appearance of Ms. Barrow and the occurrence of possible murders definitely add to the character development of Cabal himself, as well as Ms. Barrow. The addition of mystery and adventure makes the story that more interesting.
A very Sherlock-esque way to see into the mind of a necromancer of some little infamy.

forbesrachel Feb 28, 2015

Even better than the first. The character of Cabal stabilizes within this more solid context. Having escaped the murderous clutches of Count Marechal, Johannes finds himself on an aeroship under the guise of a low-level bureaucrat. To finalize his escape he has no choice but to mingle, and for someone so enamoured with the orderliness of science, people are problematic. This highly intelligent, intractable, and opinionated man is thrown off his game with the appearance of Leonie Barrow, the very woman who bested him in the previous novel. This time, her role gets expanded considerably, for she is studying criminal psychology, has a strong sense of justice, and she plans to turn Johannes over to the authorities. She is the perfect counterpart; their opinions clash, and the banter between them is delightful. This external challenge replaces the more internal one Johannes faced previously. He is still morally ambiguous, but his newly returned soul is proving at its best to be a nuisance, and at its worst to be endangering. It is only when murder occurs, that these two reluctantly join forces. The mystery itself is cased in the common, but underneath is a little used motivation for the genre, and readers will be pleasantly surprised by the twist. Action, smart deductions, steampunk, and more soul searching make book two all the more engaging.

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Dec 22, 2015

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