The Kill Society

Harper Voyager. (Sandman Slim, Bk. 9). Jun. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9780062474148. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062474186. FANTASY
Jim Stark, aka Sandman Slim, is in hell again. The difference this time is that he's actually dead. In the Tenebrae, the farthest reaches of the lost dead, he sees a dust storm approaching. As the dust gets closer, he realizes it is actually an enormous convoy of humans and hellions, and seeing no better option, Stark cons his way into the group, which is led by a messianic leader who seeks the ultimate weapon to use against heaven in the ongoing war. But Stark just wants to find a way back to Los Angeles and Candy, or at least to a less depressing part of hell. With all the violence and smart-alecky snark readers expect from Stark, this sojourn in hell might scratch a Mad Max itch for some readers. But while the war between heaven and hell is referenced, this volume doesn't move things along.
VERDICT A solid, if not particularly memorable, entry in the long-running series (last visited in The Perdition Score), with some nice callbacks to familiar characters we haven't seen for a while.
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