I have a lot of talented friends. I feel fortunate and blessed to be acquainted with so many creative and awesome people. Monday and the Murdered Man was written by one such friend, Andy Kirschbaum.

Naturally, you’re going to assume that the following review is going to be favorable based on that connection alone. Of course I would like my friend’s book, right? Why wouldn’t I? Being anything less than honest about my feelings about the book would be a disservice to my friend. I’m only telling you all this up-front so that you don’t find out later and find my review suspect.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I’m going to tell you that I loved the book.

Monday and the Murdered Man follows the story of Zack Monday, a private detective who lives in an urban fantasy realm where all sorts of mystical things are possible. One of Kirschbaum’s great literary gifts is his ability to create a world that feels so real. The ghosts and goblins feel as natural in this world as its trees.

At heart, the novel is really an old-school noir tale. I can see Humphrey Bogart walking through the door at any moment, cigarette dangling from his lips. Zack Monday’s a man with issues and a few tricks hidden up his sleeve. Still, he’s just a guy trying to make his way through a complicated world.

From page one, Monday and the Murdered Man is hard to put down. It commands your attention, keeping you wondering what’s going to happen in the next sentence and find where the next chapter will lead you. With a compelling mystery and a fascinating protagonist, the first in Kirschbaum’s Fifth World series makes a promise that the rest of his books are bound to keep. It’s going to be a fun ride.

You can pick it up on Amazon here and all sorts of other retailers. Buy your copy today. You won’t regret it.