When predictions tell Wendell Courtney he's going to die, he turns to the one man he hopes can help. Johnathan Alvey's no stranger to the strange. But, unlike the private investigator's run-of-the-mill zombie cases, he can find no trace of magic around Wendell, and no hint of an adversary. Alvey certainly has magic and wits enough to solve the mystery, but is his offering to the insatiable dragon black sufficient, or is Wendell truly destined to die?
R.M. Ridley is a writing force to be reckoned with, that is for certain. Tomorrow Wendell is a superbly written blend of horror and noir, reading much like Daschiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon only with plenty black magic and gore mixed in for good measure.
I found that I couldn't stop turning the pages, each scene flowed so flawlessly into the next. The descriptions are vivid, the characters completely solid, and the plot engaging. The ending was a tad of a let down, but not because of any flaw in the story or writing, but because, of course, I would have liked to have things end a bit...differently. But all in all, Tomorrow Wendell will make a worthy addition to any summer TBR list.
Substance Abuse: Moderate