Monday, May 10, 2010

Inhuman Resources-Jes Battis

Inhuman Resources
Jes Battis
Ace, May 25 2010, $7.99
ISBN: 9780441018840

Someone brutally murders renowned necromancer Luiz Ordeno. Occult special investigator (OSI) Tess Corday and her OSI partner Derrick lead the official inquiry into the homicide in the victim’s penthouse. The crime scene with its material (magical) locked room leads the two cops to conclude Ordeno knew his killer.

However, the case takes a spin that Tess would prefer not happen as clues lead to her lover, Lucian Agrado. Furthermore nothing makes sense about the gruesome killing including what Ordeno wore when he died. Lucian helps Tess take the investigation into the tight knit necromancer community. However, entrance does not necessarily include exit.

The third OSI police procedural urban fantasy (see A Flash of Hex and Night Child) is a super investigative thriller that grips the audience with a need to solve the case and to follow the heroine’s personal life that intrudes on her work. Tess and Derrick struggle with the case that takes them to where no OSI operation wants to go: the political world while they also raise their VB-positive (vampire retrovirus) teen wards. Fans will wonder what is next for the OSI duet as they have followed clues into the necromancy realm.

Harriet Klausner

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