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When the lead actress in an Off-Broadway musical called Sorcerer! disappears onstage during a magician's botched illusion, the opportunity of a lifetime awaits for her spunky understudy, Esther Diamond. But when Esther receives a cryptic message -- "As you value your life, do not go into the crystal cage. There is Evil among us." -- and then later realizes that numerous magician's assistants are vanishing all over the city during magical performances, she must get to the bottom of the mysterious disappearances before the next show when she'll be obligated to put herself in harm's way.
The message, it turns out, is from Maximillian Zadok, a 350-year-old magic practitioner who is also a member of the Magnum Collegium, a centuries-old group dedicated to fighting Evil. With the help of Max (and a misfit group of drag queens, dancing cowgirls, and pretentious magicians), Esther finds the answer in the unlikeliest of places…
A delightful mélange of amateur sleuth mystery, romance, and urban fantasy, Disappearing Nightly should appeal to fans of Resnick's previous critically acclaimed fantasy works (In Legend Born, The Destroyer Goddess, et al.), as well as followers of her romance novels (Fallen from Grace, Fever Dreams, et al.) written under the pseudonym Laura Leone. Starring in the first installment of a new series called Manhattan Magic, feisty Esther Diamond is a protagonist as quirky as Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse, as deeply intuitive as Sujata Massey's Rei Shimura, and with the sex appeal of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake. Readers will anxiously await her return. Paul Goat Allen