Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell

I have really enjoyed all the titles I’ve heard from Graphic Audio, but Hot Lead, Cold Iron is probably my second favorite (next to Cemetery Girl). This music and voices in this production really added to the “noir mystery” feel.

Hot Lead Cold IronTitle:  Hot Lead, Cold Iron
Author:  Ari Marmell
Series: A Mick Oberon Job, Book 1
Publish Date:  December 3, 2014 by
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: Chicago, 1932. Mick Oberon may look like just another private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand.

Oberon’s used to solving supernatural crimes, but the latest one’s extra weird. A mobster’s daughter was kidnapped sixteen years ago, replaced with a changeling, and Mick’s been hired to find the real child. The trail’s gone cold, but what there is leads Sideways, to the world of the Fae, where the Seelie Court rules. And Mick’s not really welcome in the Seelie Court any more. He’ll have to wade through Fae politics and mob power struggles to find the kidnapper – and of course it’s the last person he expected.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

Since my husband is big into tabletop gaming, I’m familiar with the name Ari Marmell, but I hadn’t before read his fiction.  I’m so glad I picked up Hot Lead, Cold Iron in Graphic Audio as it’s now a new favorite.

Set in the early 1930’s in an alternate Chicago where magic and the supernatural exist, the story is, essentially, a noir detective mystery.  The period-style music used in the production really enhances this sense of “noir,” in addition to the voice acting and character’s use of period slang.  The main character, Mick, takes a side trip to Faerie, and the Celtic music used behind that piece of narrative is just perfect.  I can’t say I’ve paid too much attention to the music used in previous GA titles I’ve heard, much like one doesn’t pay too much attention to the background music used in television shows.  But the musical choices in Hot Lead, Cold Iron really stand out as purposeful and make the production very enjoyable.

badge4v4I love some of the traditional faerie details used in the story, such as the use of salt to dispel bad luck and Mick’s love of milk and cream.  But there are some fun unique aspects, too, such as Faerie being patterned after earth because the Fae are essentially mimics.  Mick’s snark makes him a perfect detective of the genre and is fun to hear.

I hope there will be more Mick Oberon books done by Graphic Audio.  I really enjoyed this first installment.

Other reviews…

If you like this book… might like the Mindspace Investigations series–it has the same noir feel, but in a sci-fi setting instead of a supernatural one.  Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series might also appeal to you, since it is about a faerie P.I., but in modern times.


About Invested Ivana

I'm currently a freelance line editor, a book blogger at One Book Two, and lifetime reader. I like geeky things. All opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Red Adept Editing or any of my clients, the other reviewers on this site, or this site as a whole.

Posted on September 11, 2015, in Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m a big Ari Marmell fan, love his Widdershins series. I know of the Hot Lead Cold Iron novel, didn’t know it was a graphic novel and made into a GraphicAudio too. How cool!

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    • It’s a regular novel, not a graphic novel. Graphic Audio does regular books as well, with a full cast performance. Widdershins is in Graphic Audio, too! And Ari says Mick Oberon #2 will be coming out in Graphic Audio as well. 🙂


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