Bronze City

Bronze City

by K S Bowers


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Former NYPD detective, Clay Reynolds is haunted by the disappearance of seven-year-old Alice Harper. He discovers the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest in the South when his search for her kidnapper leads him to South Carolina. Clay's only witnesses are the victims of a century-old cold case Clay must solve before the deadly legacy of Hamilton Plantation strikes again.

Night in the South is a song unlike any I've ever heard, infecting its listeners with passion, drawing you into a world both seen and unseen. I've discovered, and heard it said, that the veil between the living and dead is thinnest in the South. There exists here a mysteriousness I cannot place, a magnetism which pulls you back long after you've departed, and as I listened to the South's night song, I knew I would return someday.

Frogs chirped, birds sang, and somewhere in the marsh, gators growled and hissed, all of them members of the night's orchestra conducted by the moon, which lit the water before us like a lighthouse on the shore.

I should have been happy, relieved even, but all I saw was the Carolina lily's roots spreading across the quilt like so much spilled blood.

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ISBN-13: 9781532870859
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/19/2017
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Bronze City 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was recommended to me by a friend. While not my genre, I enjoyed Bronze City very much. My heart aches for Clay and I can't wait to see where this series goes from here. Well worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you’re looking for rainbows and happy endings then K. S. Bowers is not the author for you. Bronze City was recommended to me by a friend. I’m not a fan of indie work and was hesitant to read this book, especially with it being Ms. Bowers’ debut novel. I read Ms. Bowers’ free short stories, “The Sacrifice”, and “Apple Moonshine” prior to downloading the novel. Both short stories were, in a word, short. “The Sacrifice”, while suspenseful, was not spectacular. “Apple Moonshine” was chilling. The latter short also contained some flash fiction, “Metamorphosis” being the best of these. Checking out her website, I found another chilling bit of writing, a flash fiction piece titled, “Satin Seduction.” After reading her short fiction pieces, I found Ms. Bowers’ writing style to be one I quite enjoyed and obtained a free download of Bronze City. Ms. Bowers likes to engage the reader with symbolism. I found the clever word choice used in Bronze City to be amusing, and I won’t comment further on that so as not to give anything away. Suffice it to say Ms. Bowers seeks to engage the reader on multiple levels. I found no issues with the formatting of Bronze City but felt the cover underperforms. Bronze City has no major editing errors. I should note that according to her website, Ms. Bowers released an updated version of Bronze City, but readers must update their purchase themselves. I suspect this was due to a formatting error or editing errors or both. However, I downloaded the updated version and so was spared from whatever vexed the earlier draft. The novel was well structured and paced. I got hung up on some of the New York scenes. The novel seems stinted here in places but picks up nicely when Clay Reynolds reaches South Carolina. The changes in time from 1864 to present and the POV shifts were skillfully executed. K. S. Bowers seems fond of POV shifts. One such shift in the novel, the first time Clay has a psychic experience, juxtaposes the killer’s POV with that of his victim’s, and proved to be a dark and gritty bit of writing. The overall theme of Bronze City deals with grief and loss. Subsequently, the book featured vignettes where Clay’s response to and struggle with grief takes center stage. Ms. Bowers’ aligns his struggle with that of another character whose voice is refreshing in light of Clay’s black outlook. Clay wasn’t all doom and gloom. He possessed a dry wit which was refreshing. This book had suspenseful moments, funny moments, moments of suffering, nostalgia, horror, and redemption. Another interesting aspect of Clay’s struggle were his moments of sexual tension with Kate and Natasha, but even more so with himself. The scene in Clay’s New York apartment was evocative and executed with finesse. Clay also struggles with insanity, and here you’ll find Ms. Bowers’ word choice hints to the reader when Clay is experiencing a hallucination. Ms. Bowers’ writing contains an aspect of literary fiction and is sensory engaging and satisfying. Ms. Bowers has proven that she can write, has proven that she can manage suspense, but needs to improve on mystery writing as a whole. There were nice plot twists, but it's more suspense than anything. All in all, a poignant and suspenseful read. Also a quick read, rendered quicker by Ms. Bowers’ effortless writing style. I look forward to more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a joy to read this book as it has something for everyone. It captured my curiosity and left me unable to put it down until the end. I want clay to save his daughter and become whole again. Can't wait for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I felt that Clay spent far too long in the self-pity/alcoholic phase, the author is overall a quite engrossing storyteller.