By Norman Partridge
No writer has amazed me more in the past year than Partridge, and I’m happy to report Wildest Dreams is another in a long line of good reads Norm has written.
Clay Saunders is a bad man, a killer for hire who walks in both worlds at once. To him, the realm of ghosts is just as real and important as that of the living.Â Â His latest target isÂ satanic cult leader Diabolos Whistler, and when he delivers the old man’s head to heir to the empire Circe he meets the ghost of a little girl, spends a night of passion with Circe, and finds her butchered the next morning… or was it really her?
Partridge isn’t a punch-puller, but he delivers his blows with a skill few others possess, delivering well-placed jabs instead of desperate haymakers.Â His prose hypnotizes even as it gets your blood pumping.Â Saunders is a great character, as are the others who populate this short novel.Â As events spiral out of control, the story only grows tighter.Â For those who like their hard boiled with a sprinkle of the supernatural, Wildest Dreams is for you.
Recommendation: Strong-to-Very Strong. Copies are still available for cover price at Clarkesworld, while used copies are already showing up with triple-digit price tags.Â Grab one while you can!