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Trent works as a hit man for a Brooklyn crime lord. When ordered to retrieve a box from a warehouse and to leave no witnesses behind, Trent is unable to kill the couple he encounters, who apparently have the same mission. Trent's discovery that Thornton is a shape changer and that Bethany possesses magic that can reanimate the dead is something he takes in stride, for Trent has found that he cannot permanently die; he returns from death a few minutes later with no evidence of being wounded. As he gets more deeply involved in the search for "the box," Trent realizes that he has been fighting on the wrong side all his life but fears it may be too late for him to switch. VERDICT Featuring a deathless "hero," a werewolf-turned-zombie, and an immortal Black Knight as just some of its characters, this smartly told series opener by Kaufmann (Hunt at World's End, writing as Gabriel Hunt) brings new twists to many of the standard tropes of urban fantasy.