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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (719 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Bledsoe Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Eddie LaCrosse Novels Release Date:
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It should have been a case like any other: a missing princess, a king willing to pay in gold for her return. But before he realizes it, private investigator Eddie LaCrosse, a slightly shopworn sword jockey with a talent for discretion and detection, is swept up in a web of mystery and deceit involving a brutally murdered royal heir, a queen accused of an unspeakable crime, and the tragic past he thought he’d left behind.

In order to uncover the answers he seeks, Eddie must delve into the dark underbelly of society while digging deep into his own private history, drawing past and present together. Vast conspiracies, women both beautiful and deadly, and a centuries-old revenge scheme are only a few of the pieces in a lethal puzzle.

The Sword-Edged Blonde is a tour de force foray into a realm of action, intrigue, and murder.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Sword-Edged Blonde has all the finesse and depth of a great hard-boiled mystery but takes place in a fully realized heroic fantasy setting.  From start to finish, it’s a treat for readers of either genre and easily one of the better books I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year. Don’t miss this one.”

    Charles de Lint

  • “Incorporating elements from both hard-boiled mystery and heroic fantasy, Bledsoe’s genre-blending first novel is both stylish and self-assured: Raymond Chandler meets Raymond E. Feist.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Those who like both fantasy and hard-boiled detective stories will love this genre-crossing novel…With his gravelly voice, Stefan Rudnicki becomes LaCrosse…Rudnicki’s narration shapes the images and emotions that move the plot forward. Intertwined mysteries create a twisting tale of murder and supernatural forces that inhabit the lands of Arentia. Rudnicki carefully delivers every moment of love, faith, and revenge.”


  • “Fans of Glen Cook’s Garrett novels or hard-boiled detective fiction will appreciate this well-crafted gem of a tale.”

    Library Journal

  • The Sword-Edged Blonde is a rollicking and quite enjoyable genre-blending novel. The unlikely pairing of hard-boiled mystery with heroic fantasy is great fun. Stefan Rudnicki is perfectly cast for this reading and brings an obvious enjoyment of the subject matter to his narrative. The characters are distinctive, the narrative is clear and imaginative; Mr. Rudnicki’s performance is a delight.”


  • “Intrigue reaches feverish new heights in Bledsoe’s witty mixture of romantic fantasy and hard-boiled detective elements.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clare | 2/9/2014

    " The Sword-Edged Blonde succeeds at marrying high fantasy and hard-boiled detectives, with a gruffly likable hero and a tight plot. While the worldbuilding can be a little shaky, the novel itself is quite solid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom | 2/8/2014

    " I liked this book more than I should have. A clever mashup of hard-boiled detective and fantasy, I found myself staying up late to finish it. My only gripe...the author drew many of the place-names in the story from towns in southwestern and central Wisconsin. Since no map of the fantasy world was provided, I kept trying to place the action in a fantasy version of the Wisconsin River valley. I kept bumping out of the narrative to wonder when the hero was going to ride the "ducks" at the Dells... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Larisa | 1/25/2014

    " Rollicking Debut. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kaje Harper | 1/3/2014

    " I really liked this story of sword jockey (read P.I.) Eddie LaCrosse, an investigator for hire in a sword-and-sorcery world. I have a weakness for wise-cracking heroes, and Eddie is one of the good ones. The book was original, the plot worked well, and the characters were interesting and fun. "

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