Cower not, fierce reader! After delays of pain, I am pleased to bring to you another collection of fine works to trigger the forces of SocJus. Let us proceed to these works, and the charges affiliated therewith! (All titles are Amazon links.)
Fade by Daniel Humphreys- Mr. Humphreys takes a swing into the Urban Fantasy milieu, and we largely succeeds. We have good, evil, and mysticism in full force. Also, secret organizations that pretend to government alliance.Major crime: We've got self sacrifice, we've got a hero that isn't arrogant, we've got vulnerable characters. 7 of 10 fell deeds.
Schrodinger's Gat by Robert Kroese- If you're expecting another comic sff story from the guy that might just be the funniest man in sff, forget it. This book is dead serious, and delves into physics, philosophy, and metaphysics, all with a touch of what might be noir. Major crime: The idea that there are things we shouldn't know. 8 of 10 fell deeds.
Wizard of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs- This last tale of Carson of Venus was published posthumously, and is still under copyright, and thus not available in ebook as of this writing. There's a companion story, Pirate Blood, that I'll read and review later. This short work is honestly better than the previous entry in the series, and is very satisfying to boot. Major crime: A hero that limits himself to only doing good with his extraordinary abilities, and knows what good is. 9 of 10 fell deeds.
'Til Death: The Man Who Balked by Jason Anspach- We've got a protection gig for our hero at the beginning of the integration of baseball, taking place in the rough and tumble minor leagues. There's action aside from the baseball for those of us less into that, but the history this is tied to makes for a great read. Major crime: The race relations are one aspect(a real thing at the time of this story), and the commie manipulation of such another. 8 of 10 fell deeds.
The Coconut Swindle by Matt Abraham- Like I was going to not read this after the magnificent opening. This book is a prequel, rather than a sequel, and I'm ok with this. The Mike Hammer books jumped around a lot too, so it's playing a bit to type. This is Dane Curse's first solo case, and he's in over his head for awhile. When everything clears, he's got his motivation to be a force for justice, if not law and order. Major crime: The hero loses a lot to gain a little. 7 of 10 fell deeds.
When you play Social Justice, the world loses.