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Eddie LaCrosse
Coming in 2011: DARK JENNY

Burn Me Deadly BURN ME DEADLY

Alex Bledsoe's first novel,The Sword-Edged Blonde, drew rave reviews for its ingenious blend of fantasy and hard-boiled detective fiction. Now Bledsoe returns with an all-new tale of mean streets and medieval intrigue.

Above Angelina's Tavern in down-and-dirty Neceda you'll find the office of Eddie LaCrosse, a freelance sword jockey who, for twenty-five gold pieces a day, will take on any task short of murder for hire. Eddie's on his way back from a routine investigation when his horse almost runs down a half-naked blonde in serious trouble. Against his better judgment, he promises to protect the frightened young woman, only to find himself waylaid by unknown assailants and left for dead beside her mutilated body.

Eddie isn't the kind of guy to just let something like this pass. But who killed Laura Lesperitt? Eddie's quest for payback leads him to a tangled mystery involving a notorious crime lord, a backwoods dragon cult, royal scandals, and a duplicitous femme fatale who has trouble keeping her clothes on. As bodies pile up, attracting the unwelcome attention of the king's guards, Eddie must use all his wits if he hopes to survive . . .



Things That Flit

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Sword Edged Blonde THE SWORD-EDGED BLONDE

""The Sword-Edged Blonde has all the finesse and depth of a great hard-boiled mystery, but takes place in a fully realized heroic fantasy setting. From start to finish it's a treat for readers of either genre, and easily one of the better books I've had the please of reading this year. Don't miss this one." --Charles de Lint

Origin of The Sword-Edged Blonde

The Sword-Edged Blonde was directly inspired by three things:

  • actor Tom Skerritt's performance as Captain Dallas in the original Alien;
  • the song “Rhiannon” by Stevie Nicks;
  • and Tia Sisk, the hot new teacher when I was a senior in high school.
    Tia Sisk 1981 Tia Sisk 2007
    Tia Tisk 1981 Tia Tisk 2007

Tia taught Family Living, ostensibly a girls-only class, and my friends Danny, David and I took it for that very reason: it's where the girls were. But I never looked past the front of the room. Fresh out of college, Tia radiated the kind of outdoorsy beauty that needs no accent or enhancement. Of course, I could do nothing about this infatuation except what lovelorn geeks have done for time immemorial: try to write something that would dazzle her.

These elements formed the original basis for The Sword-Edged Blonde, then called simply Rhiannon. I wrote it, and rewrote it, and rewrote it, for the next two decades. One incarnation even won an award in 1985. But the story never fully worked, and I would put the thing aside in disgust, trying to figure out how to extend the successful first third into the next two acts.

The answer came to me after re-reading Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Until then, every draft took the LaCrosse character on an exterior expedition to help his friend. Conrad inspired me to make it an interior journey as well, and suddenly I knew both the rest of the story, and the correct approach to writing it.

Finally, my editors at Night Shade pointed out that calling the story simply Rhiannon didn't capture the tone or the genre, so it became The Sword-Edged Blonde. Thanks, Jason and Jeremy!

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