Because I m an inbetweener and the only one anyone knows of at that the dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn ta been. Read more...
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Because I m an inbetweener and the only one anyone knows of at that the dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn ta been.
Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead s most unusual agents an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.
One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they re spreading through the city like a plague. They ve already taken out some of NYCOD s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead.
But in uncovering this man s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life and death. "
- ISBN-13: 9780425275986
- ISBN-10: 0425275981
- Publisher: Roc
- Publish Date: January 2015
- Page Count: 336
- Reading Level: Ages 18-NA
Series: Bone Street Rumba Novel #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-11-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Older’s debut novel, which launches the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, pits half-dead Carlos Delacruz, an agent for the New York Council for the Dead, against an ancient sorcerer. Carlos (familiar from stories in Older’s collection, Salsa Nocturna) is an inbetweener, “alive and dead at the same time,” with no memory of his past. He and other COD agents work to protect the mortal world and the land of the dead from each other. The task of removing some annoying imps gets complicated fast when Carlos learns that they herald the arrival of Sarco, a powerful spirit bent on destroying the barriers between the living and the Underworld. Carlos is a winning protagonist, with a murky past, troubled present, and smart, smart-ass narrative voice. Older’s magical New York City is fresh and richly envisioned, a gritty and genuine urban setting rife with strange forces and thoroughly enlivened by the fixers, dealers, and supernatural creatures who inhabit it. Fans of urban fantasy will greatly enjoy this entirely lively novel. Agent: Eddie Schneider, Jabberwocky Literary Agency. (Jan.)