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The Straight Razor Cure

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Low Town: The Straight Razor Cure , Daniel Polansky, book reviewThe Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky is a blend of noir crime with fantasy fiction. It is set in Low Town, a crime-ridden and deprived region of a larger fictional world which is not described in detail. The hero of the novel is “The Warden”, whose history is gradually revealed during the course of the book. We learn early on that he is now a drug dealer (although he seems to consume at least as many drugs as he sells), a dominant figure in his own territory within boundaries agreed with similar neighbouring figures. He seems to be on good terms with most of the populace, though quickly and violently dealing with any incursions from other dealers into his space. In due course, it comes apparent that previously he had been a member of a law enforcement agency, although the events which led him to his current occupation are never quite made clear.

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