While I did miss a little of the Dark Carnival of Necromancer, Cabal's foray (mostly) out of the arcane and into international intrigue was just as entertaining.
The quality of writing has improved greatly. Although I enjoyed Necromancer, I found it a bit episodic. The storytelling in Detective is much tighter and the author does just a great job ending this book. The epilogue alone is nearly worth the price of admission.
If you read the first and liked it, enjoy anti-heroes (consider a sociopathic Allan Quatermain), or have an appreciation for a dry sense of humor, I absolutely recommend this book.
So if you liked the first two, chances are very good that you'll enjoy this as well.
If you enjoyed The First Law Trilogy as much as I did, you'll also get a kick out of Abercrombie's stand alone novel, Best Served Cold.
A great revenge story, full of memorable and fleshed out characters and more than a few laughs if you get dark humor.
The reader has an excellent voice and does a solid job giving each character a different tone. I'd like very much to be able to listen to the other Abercrombie books from the First Law Trilogy.
Glad I purchased, I expect that this will be listened to more than once and at over 27hrs it is well worth a single credit.
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