Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that's running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.
While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart... even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.
Welcome to a new fantasy world from Rhys Ford. It is imaginatively dark, and fantastical and completely captivating. With a heavy dollop of Asian culture set in San Francisco it's both new and familiar.
Roku is straddling the line between so many worlds it's a wonder he knows up from down. He is a cop with familial ties to a crime boss and he is half human, half faerie during a time when that's not a good thing to be. And if things weren't bad enough, he just got a new partner because he had to shoot his last one.
Trent Leonard is new to the Arcane Crimes Division and finds himself totally unprepared to not only deal with the crimes he is trying to solve but also his hotter then hell partner. With secrets of his own the two cops need to find a way to work together, preferably before they get killed.
I loved this book and the magical world that Ford has created. We are introduced to a multitude of characters and I want to know more about all of them, especially Bob the Cat. It is literally non stop action from page one, and I could not put it down. I do have to say that I am looking forward to the audio version so I can finally hear the correct way to pronounce all the words I read incorrectly.
RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by the author.