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Street of Shadows

Author:
Michael Reaves

Publisher:
Del Rey

Release date:
August 26, 2008

Series:
Coruscant Nights trilogy

Star Wars Saga Timeline:
18.5 BBY

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PLOT

With the Jedi all but wiped out in the grim aftermath of Order 66, the Empire's power seems unchecked. But one lone Knight continues to fight the good fight -- against all odds and when all else fails.

Deep in the bowels of Coruscant, Jedi Jax Pavan seekes out a living as a private investigator; a go-to, can-do guy for the downtrodden. Now a mysterious Zeltron knockout named Deejah approaches Jax with a case that needs to be cracked: to find out who killed her artist lover Volette, brutally murdered hours after his triumphant unveiling of a dazzling new light sculpture with obvious links to lightsaber pyrotechnics.

Finding Volette's killer won't be easy -- too many secrets, too many suspects, and all kinds of motives. But with the droid I-5YQ's help, and ex-reporter Den Dhur's excellent snooping skills, the investigation is soon operating like a well-oiled machine.

Unfortunately, there's a far more efficient machine hunting Jax. It's a deadly game of cat-and-mouse as the clock starts ticking toward the final explosive showdown… to see who strikes first and who will die first.

SUMMARY

Street of Shadows does a good job capturing the feel of a cheesy detective novel in true Star Wars style. There’s a classic murder mystery afoot in Street of Shadows, revolving around the death of a Caamasi artist—here Reaves ties his story to the destruction of Caamas, an event from this time period that was central to the plot of Timothy Zahn’s Hand of Thrawn novels. There are also several quotable hardboiled detective style lines in a scene set in a Neimoidian bar. Lorn Pavan still isn’t quite the tough, dark investigator one would expect in this genre—he even seems to be taking the whole Jedi Purge pretty well, in fact—but the overall tone is much closer to noir than the previous book.

As in the first book, Reaves has some interesting characters to work with. In addition to the core cast from Jedi Twilight, Reaves has brought back some other reoccurring characters from the prequel era: Captain Typho and Aurra Sing. A completely new character is Dejah Duare, the wealthy Zeltron bombshell who hires Lorn and company to investigate the death of the Caamasi artist Volette. Duare also complicates the relationship between Lorn and the Twi’lek Paladin Laranth, bringing some hidden feelings to the surface. The Zeltron race is a staple of the later Marvel Star Wars comic books, and true fans always enjoy a good Marvel reference.

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