April 15th, 2011
When last we encountered haughty necromancer Johannes Cabal, he was running a diabolical carnival in an attempt to win his soul back from Lucifer. (“Johannes Cabal the Necromancer,” 2008.) That task accomplished, he sets his sights on acquiring a particular rare book of the necromantic arts. Unfortunately, things do not go to plan, and he finds himself captured and pressed into service reviving the corpse of a small militant country’s dictator for one last rousing speech. Unfortunately, the revived dictator’s prodigious appetites now lean toward human flesh. Managing to flee the scene of the debacle, Johannes dons the persona of a self-important bureaucrat and embarks upon the first aeroship out of town. Again, unfortunately, Johannes has managed to end up not only sharing passenger space with a young woman who knows him for who and what he is, but with a murderer. His investigations of the murder, at first undertaken from idle curiosity, begin to take a more personal turn—Johannes’s own life is threatened!—and he begins to discover the downside of a returned soul—that pesky conscience!—as he finds himself embroiled in a nest of political espionage.
Wickedly humorous, with touches of steampunk, mystery, and the supernatural, Johannes Cabal the Detective is a rollicking good time.
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