REVIEWED by Christie
TITLE: Dim Sum Asylum
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 240 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2017
Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that’s running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.
While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart… even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.
Okay, so I never did take the opportunity to read the short story version of Dim Sum Asylum (yes, yes I know. Bad Christie!), but when it was announced that Rhys Ford had decided to lengthen it, I just had to snatch it up as soon as I possibly could since so many people greatly enjoyed the shorter version. Especially since Rhys Ford is one of my favorite authors. And, let me tell you: It. Was. EXCELLENT! This is a definite must read. Especially if you are a Rhys Ford fan.
Rokugi “Roku” MacCormick is a detective in Arcane Crimes. A highly controversial detective. Partly because he is a natural born human/ fae hybrid (which is quite rare since most hybrids are genetically spliced), the Godson of the Chief of Arcane Crimes, the heir to a well known crime syndicate family, recently lost his boyfriend and two daughters in a house fire started by a family member, and shot his most recent partner. Is your head spinning yet? Well, Roku’s life has definitely not been easy, that’s for sure. And, after coming back from forced administrative leave while IA (internal affairs) investigated the shooting of his partner, Roku was hoping to go solo for a while before having to deal with a new partner. But, that was just a pipe dream, since his chief (aka Godfather) had a different idea.
Enter Trent Leonard. Trent is huge, intimidating, reeks of specialized military training, and just a bit “off”. Definitely not what Roku needs right now, especially since he is hot. As in gorgeous. He is also quite green and needs a lot of training, which will take quite a bit of time. Time Roku simply does not have to spare. Especially since their first case together takes them on a crazy, wet dash thru the rainy and crowded streets of Chinatown in order to chase down and catch a bespelled fertility statue that definitely does not want to be caught.
In true Rhys Ford form, Dim Sum Asylum is chock full of action, suspense, mayhem, and yep, you guessed it: murder. Along with Rhys’ own brand of humor, this book is a definite thrill ride from start to finish. It was extremely hard to put Dim Sum Asylum down, and I found myself on the edge of my seat several times, wondering what was going to happen next. I highly recommend you get this book. It was spectacular! Thank you Rhys Ford for yet another phenomenal book.