Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Lingering Dead-J.N. Duncan

The Lingering Dead

J.N. Duncan

Kensington, Apr 1 2012, $7.00

ISBN: 9780758255655

Chicago FBI Agent Jackie Rutledge never minded field work as the special agent in charge of an inquiry, but has doubts about being the chief of Special Investigations as she prefers going alone rather than leading a unit. Her team consists of paranormal operatives to include two vampires and the ghost of her late partner; while their mission is resolving FBI cold cases with an otherworldly spin.

They look through the mountain of paperwork sent to them by Jackie’s former boss. When they read a report on exorbitant amounts of paranormal activity in Thatcher's Mill, Jackie, her lover Nick Anderson the vampire heads to the remote town. Meanwhile something from Deadworld controls ghosts to destroy SI while also stalking Jackie while she sleeps; the plan is to use and abuse Jackie as a sacrifice while the counter strategy forces the SI chief to travel between the lands of the living and the dead.

The third Deadworld police procedural urban fantasy (see The Vengeful Dead) is a superb entry as J.N. Duncan makes her paranormal seem normal. Fast-paced and filled with action, readers will root for the heroine and her team to defeat the evil one who tortures ghosts and torments Jackie who has enough on her plate with her relationship with Nick. The Lingering Dead is a winner.

Harriet Klausner

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