Friday, June 28, 2019

Review: Jack Gilmour: Wish Lawyer by Ed Ryder


As Las Vegas' first and only demonic contract lawyer, Jack Gilmour protects his clients from deals too good to be true.

An urgent case of misplaced lust sends Jack on a collision course with Lucia Oredis, a dangerous and seductive demon from his past. To cancel the contract and save his client, Lucia demands that Jack investigates a conspiracy in the corridors of demonic power.

As the clock ticks down, Jack gets in way over his head with the human and demonic underworlds in a battle for dominion over the city. With only his wits and a gambling wizard for help, can Jack save the day and both worlds?”


Ed Ryder is a research scientist by day and author by night.

When not spending time working or writing, Ed is either horse riding, playing video games, or watching science fiction movies and TV shows.

His favourite author is Clive Barker, and he loves pizza.”


Jack Gilmour Wish Lawyer, is suitably set in Las Vegas where people get caught up in the glitz and glamour of a freewheeling lifestyle. He is surrounded by beautiful people who may not be as they outwardly seem. Eddie Malfitano, who owns a couple of casinos a few blocks off downtown, is visibly upset when he drags his nephew, Benny, into Jack’s office. Benny has just finished college and is visiting his uncle Eddie for the summer to get a taste of the business. Benny has been struck with a major case of lust at one of the downtown casinos, when all of a sudden there is a man that says he can fix Benny up with this sultry beauty and all he has to do is sign on the dotted line. So, Benny does.

At first Jack assumes Benny signed a karmic contract which is a simple matter. In reality Benny signed a soul contract, which is a whole different story. Did you know that demons have Demonic Precepts to live by? Well they do, and Jack is an expert in demonic law. As it says in the description, this case sends Jack on a collision course with Lucia Oredis, a dangerous and seductive demon from Jack’s past. Lucia will cancel Benny’s contract if Jack investigates a conspiracy in the halls of demonic powers in the underworld.

There are layers upon layers as the plot twists and turns, in the streets of Las Vegas as well as in the underworld. The characters are multi-dimensional, some are twisted and pure evil, others not-so-much. The dialogue is intelligent, conscientious, and at times humorous. The descriptive prose at the beginning is beautiful and sets you right there with Jack. The noir twists are totally enjoyable, especially when we meet Gloria, Jack’s secretary. She is a gloriously strong woman who got satisfaction in the end, and I would like to see more of her.

If you need a break from the routine urban fantasy, take a walk on the wild side of Las Vegas with Jack Gilmour: Wish Lawyer for a unique and witty roller-coaster ride.

Buy now from:            Amazon US          Amazon UK


Some adult language. Uses UK spelling conventions.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 30-35,000 words

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