I just have to give this 4 stars!
J.N. Duncan is a new writer of Dark Urban Fantasy. This is his debut novel and series. I LOVED IT. I gave it 4 stars based on originality, true grit and believable characters.
She’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price. . .
Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, and a city on the edge of panic mean that she and her psychic partner, Laurel, are going to need more than just backup . . .
So Jackie is fine with any help rugged P.I. Nick Anderson can give–even if that includes the impish ghost and sexy vampire who make up his team. But Nick is hiding secrets of his own. And Jackie’s investigation has plunged them both into a vengeful game reaching back centuries–and up against a malevolent force hungry for more than just victory. . .
Duncan has a truly new take on vampires. He impressed me with his understanding of what a true/real friendship between woman FBI agents would feel like. He didn’t try to lay on the sister/girlfriend love crap too thickly. He wasn’t afraid to make Jackie, ‘Jack’, sometimes unlikable. On the other hand, the male protagonist, Nick,is NOT too freaking heroic to be two-dimensional. I am truly impressed and found this book to be entertaining as well as fresh.
The second installment, I believe, comes out in
May October, (confirmed by Mr. Duncan below) and I am ready for it. I will be recommending this series to all my friends!