Every Which Way But Dead (Hollows Series #3)

Every Which Way But Dead (Hollows Series #3)

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by Kim Harrison
     
 

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Rachel Morgan's back! Bestselling author Kim Harrison returns with a new supernatural adventure that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris won't want to miss.

Some days, you just can't win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan's managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face

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Rachel Morgan's back! Bestselling author Kim Harrison returns with a new supernatural adventure that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris won't want to miss.

Some days, you just can't win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan's managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

But her vampire roommate Ivy is off the wagon, her human boyfriend Nick is out of town indefinitely and doesn't sound like he's coming back while the far-too-seductive vampire Kisten is looking way too tempting, and there's a turf war erupting in Cincinnati's underworld.

And there's a greater evil still. To put the vampire master behind bars and save her family, Rachel made a desperate bargain and now there's hell to pay—literally. For if Rachel cannot stop him, the archdemon Algaliarept will pull her into the sorcerous ever-after to forfeit her soul as his slave. Forever.

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In Every Which Way but Dead, the third -- and steamiest -- Rachel Morgan novel (Dead Witch Walking and The Good, the Bad, and the Undead) by Kim Harrison, the soul of everyone's favorite leather-loving earth witch is put in serious jeopardy when she tangles with a highly irate demon.

Rachel's life is coming apart at the seams. Her boyfriend, Nick, has left her. One of her two business partners, a pixie named Jenks, has suddenly quit. And to make matters significantly worse, a powerful demon nicknamed Big Al is back to collect on an old debt. As Rachel tries to keep herself from being bodily dragged into the hereafter, her newest job puts her in league with Trent Kalamack, a ruthless councilman and unscrupulous businessman who has, until very recently, been her main nemesis. But as Rachel struggles to stay alive, she finally uncovers the jaw-dropping truth behind her father's death and unravels Kalamack's mysterious -- and equally mind-boggling -- agenda. She also finds love in the unlikeliest of places….

Blending horror, fantasy, and romance to create a genre-transcending story with widespread appeal, Harrison's Rachel Morgan novels are analogous to Laurell K. Hamilton's bestselling Anita Blake sequence, as well as Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series and Christine Feehan's Dark novels. Featuring an endearing cast of central characters, nonstop action, and Harrison's wicked sense of humor, this saga is -- as the tongue-in-cheek titles imply -- pure, unadulterated fun. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060572990
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Series:
Hollows Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
127,649
Product dimensions:
6.68(w) x 10.94(h) x 1.07(d)

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Every Which Way But Dead


By Kim Harrison

HarperTorch

ISBN: 0-06-057299-X


Chapter One

I took a deep breath to settle myself, jerking the cuff of my gloves up to cover the bare patch of skin at my wrist. My fingers were numb through the fleece as I moved my next-to-largest spell pot to sit beside a small chipped tombstone, being careful to not let the transfer media spill. It was cold, and my breath steamed in the light of the cheap white candle I had bought on sale last week.

Spilling a bit of wax, I stuck the taper to the top of the grave marker. My stomach knotted as I fixed my attention on the growing haze at the horizon, scarcely discernable from the surrounding city lights. The moon would be up soon, being just past full and waning. Not a good time to be summoning demons, but it would be coming anyway if I didn't call it. I'd rather meet Algaliarept on my own terms - before midnight.

I grimaced, glancing at the brightly lit church behind me where Ivy and I lived. Ivy was running errands, not even aware I had made a deal with a demon, much less that it was time to pay for its services. I suppose I could be doing this inside where it was warm, in my beautiful kitchen with my spelling supplies and all the modern comforts, but calling demons in the middle of a graveyard had a perverse rightness to it, even with the snow and cold.

And I wanted to meet it here so Ivy wouldn't have to spend tomorrow cleaning blood off the ceiling.

Whether it would be demon blood or my own was a question I hoped I wouldn't have to answer. I wouldn't allow myself to be pulled into the ever-after to be Algaliarept's familiar. I couldn't. I had cut it once and made it bleed. If it could bleed, it could die. God, help me survive this. Help me find a way to make something good here.

The fabric of my coat rasped as I clutched my arms about myself and used my boot to awkwardly scrape a circle of six inches of crusty snow off the clay-red cement slab where I had seen a large circle etched out. The room-sized rectangular block of stone was a substantial marker as to where God's grace stopped and chaos took over. The previous clergy had laid it down over the adulterated spot of once hallowed ground, either to be sure no one else was put to rest there accidentally or to fix the elaborate, half-kneeling, battle-weary angel it encompassed into the ground. The name on the massive tombstone had been chiseled off, leaving only the dates. Whomever it was had died in 1852 at the age of twenty-four. I hoped it wasn't an omen.

Cementing someone into the ground to keep him or her from rising again sometimes worked - and sometimes it didn't - but in any case, the area wasn't sanctified anymore. And since it was surrounded by ground that was still consecrated, it made a good spot to summon a demon. If worse came to worst, I could always duck onto sanctified ground and be safe until the sun rose and Algaliarept was pulled back into the ever-after.

My fingers were shaking as I took from my coat pocket a white silk pouch of salt that I had scraped out of my twenty- five-pound bag. The amount was excessive, but I wanted a solid circle, and some of the salt would be diluted as it melted the snow. I glanced at the sky to estimate where north was, finding a mark on the etched circle right where I thought it should be. That someone had used this circle to summon demons before didn't instill me with any confidence. It wasn't illegal or immoral to summon demons, just really, really stupid.

I made a slow clockwise path from north, my footprints paralleling the outside track of the salt as I laid it down, enclosing the angel monolith along with most of the blasphemed ground. The circle would be a good fifteen feet across, a rather large enclosure which generally took at least three witches to make and hold, but I was good enough to channel that much ley line force alone. Which, now that I thought about it, might be why the demon was so interested in snagging me as its newest familiar.

Tonight I'd find out if my carefully worded verbal contract made three months ago would keep me alive and on the right side of the ley lines. I had agreed to be Algaliarept's familiar voluntarily if it testified against Piscary, the catch being that I got to keep my soul.

The trial had officially ended two hours after sunset tonight, sealing the demon's end of the bargain and making my end enforceable. That the undead vampire who controlled most of Cincinnati's underworld had been sentenced to five centuries for the murders of the city's best ley line witches hardly seemed important now. Especially when I was betting his lawyers would get him out in a measly one.

Right now the question on everyone's mind on both sides of the law was whether Kisten, his former scion, would be able to hold everything together until the undead vampire got out, because Ivy wasn't going to do it, scion or no. If I managed to get through this night alive and with my soul intact, I'd start worrying about me a little less and my roommate a little more, but first I had to settle up with the demon.

Shoulders so tight they hurt, I took the milky green tapers from my coat pocket and placed them on the circle to represent the points of a pentagram I wouldn't be drawing. I lit them from the white candle I used to make the transfer media.

(Continues...)



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Jessi-21 More than 1 year ago
Since reading the first of the Rachel Morgan series, I have grown to love getting the next in the chain. Every time I dive into the pages and submerge into the world that Kim Harrison so eloquently portrays, I feel a part of the story. Her extraordinary gift is making such fantasy feel whole, real and totally believable. This to me was the failing of others like buffy, which always felt unreal. Rachel is sassy, and knows what real life is, and to me they should put these into film ASAP! Book 3 Rachel starts to think she can start getting her life in order, but as always things never quite go to plan. Living with a family of Pixies, a living vampire and having your boyfriend as a familiar would suggest 'normality' is a dream that will never come true, but lets hope Rachel can do it. If you are looking to drop out of the hum-drum and into a complex and real fantasy world, with adult emotions shown with grit and feeling, these are the books for you, and book 3 is even better!
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
Kim Harrison is definitely in my top 10 favorite authors, especially for the books she wrote as Dawn Cook. This novel was full of action, humor, and a whole bunch of sass! Just as good as the first two in the series, and bodes really well for future novels. Harrison really knows how to develop interesting characters! If you enjoy this author, you will also like the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, "Grimspace" by Ann Aguirre, "Stray" by Rachel Vincent, and perhaps the Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah, ok, so since reading the first of the Rachel Morgan series, I have grown to love getting the next in the chain. Every time I dive into the pages and submerge into the world that Kim Harrison so eloquently portrays, I feel a part of the story. Her extraordinary gift is making such fantasy feel whole, real and totally believable.
This to me was the failing of others like buffy, which always felt unreal. Rachel is sassy, and knows what real life is, and to me they should put these into film ASAP!
Book 3 Rachel starts to think she can start getting her life in order, but as always things never quite go to plan. Living with a family of Pixies, a living vampire and having your boyfriend as a familiar would suggest 'normality' is a dream that will never come true, but lets hope Rachel can do it.
If you are looking to drop out of the hum-drum and into a complex and real fantasy world, with adult emotions shown with grit and feeling, these are the books for you, and book 3 is even better! Very addicting.
Siriniti More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely delighted that I had the oppotunity to read this novel. This is the first book that I read out of the series not knowing that it, indeed, had other books before this and more to follow. One character in particular caught my attention immediately. Jenks!! Of course Kisten was enchanting but I dont believe the story would be what it was without Jenks. Its thrilling, dangerous, with a dash of humor to keep you captivated. If you have read the first three I would suggest you keep reading. If this is your first as it was mine then Id advise you to go back and read the first two first. And for those who have not read this enticing novel I recommend that you pacify your taste buds with this satisfying book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy, exciting, and keeps you guessing. This whole series pulls at your imagination and brings alive The Hallows im addicted
Jilseponie More than 1 year ago
Each book lets you learn a little more about the characters and, believe me, there is still more to learn. And the reader meets new characters or has more revealed about someone you thought might be a side character but ends up being pulled into the mix. I think that's the strength of these books; you really WANT to know more about everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made it to page 147 then quit reading. The author makes the main character strong one minute then a sissy girl the next. She argues while angry then cries/freezes in fear when faced with danger. She's nothing like Mercy! I gave one star just because the author did a great job making me hate the main character.
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ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
The Hollows by Kim Harrison is definitely one of my favorite series of all time. Every Which Way But Dead is the third book in the series and is another example of the excellent writing of Kim Harrison. I think I'd enjoy reading her grocery list. Rachel is in trouble. She's wrestling the demon Al to keep her freedom; trying to find her way in her relationship with Ivy, her roommate; getting hot under the collar for Kistan, the vampire; and arguing with her partner, Jenks. So, yah, everything's normal. While the story is great, the genius as always in this series is the characters. Harrison writes characters that can pop off the page and go out to dinner with you. As long as it's not Piscary, the vampire kingpin. You can read this book without reading the first two in the series, but I think it would be more enjoyable to start with the first book, Dead Witch Walking and read them in order. This series is a must read for paranormal/supernatural vampire, pixy, werewolf fans!
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