Bad Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Case Files of Erik Rugar by Misha Burnett

Another nice review of Bad Dreams & Broken Hearts


Front cover of TITLEbyAUTHORBurnett fuses the possibility of weird fiction with the solidity of crime noir to create a collection that is both a gritty detective story and a baroque urban fantasy.

Dracoheim is a human city, but abuts the Realms of Nightmare. Ancient treaties and modern laws define the appropriate uses of magic, mysticism, and migration. Mostly it works; however, when it doesn’t someone has to investigate the incomprehensible; someone like Erik Rugar, agent for the Lord Mayor’s Committee for Public Safety. This book collects seven cases of the weird but not wonderful.

Unlike many urban fantasy books dealing with magical policing, Burnett’s protagonist is not a magic user or a metaphysical James Bond laden with arcane gizmos. Instead, he is a slightly crumpled and stained cop with a badge and a gun, relying on grit and smarts. This ‘ordinary working stiff’ trope gives each story a deep sense of both crime…

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About MishaBurnett

I am the author of "Catskinner's Book", a science fiction novel available on Amazon Kindle.
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