When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I'm Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out.
Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city's subway tunnels. And the murderer's not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel--yes, that Grendel--shares his ancestor's hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year's Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don't find him--and the organization behind him--by midnight, our secret's out and everyone's time is up.
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-11-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Shearin’s urban fantasy debut serves as both adventure on its own and enticement to follow the SPI series. The gift of second sight allowed Makenna Fraser to make the career jump from tabloid reporting to working for Supernatural Protection & Investigations, a covert organization dedicated to protecting humans from paranormal beings. Most cases are straightforward affairs, but a routine bag-and-tag for a Bavarian nachtgnome leads to a room full of scattered body parts. A series of brutal murders soon proves to be the prelude to a bloodbath planned for New Year’s Eve, a very public massacre that will force mundanes to notice the monsters around them. SPI itself is being targeted by an old enemy via a clever double agent. Shearin’s light, breezy style suits the simple plot; her naïve protagonist serves as both guide and expository catalyst. Although the justification for keeping mythological beings secret is never made clear, plenty of dismembered people and grand schemes will distract the reader from questioning the plot holes. (Jan.)