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After a series of brutal murders, Occult Special Investigator Tess Corday is convinced the identity of the killer is locked in her own head. The only question is-how many rules is she willing to break to get to the truth?

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Overview

After a series of brutal murders, Occult Special Investigator Tess Corday is convinced the identity of the killer is locked in her own head. The only question is-how many rules is she willing to break to get to the truth?

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"Battis manages to make the world come alive as a workable universe with infinite complexity."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441017232
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Series: OSI Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Canadian Jes Battis is from Vancouver, but for the academic year 2007-2008, will be living in New York City and teaching at Hunter College. Jes is an academic, with a concentration in English and Pop Culture Studies, who has had two books published, one on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and one on Farscape.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

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    I Am Hexing This Series

    I was disappointed with this installment. While I found the first book Night Child enjoyable, I found this second installment to be a part of what I personally feel is a greedy trend of pointless, generic, bubble-gum carbon copy urban fantasy books flooding the markets today. Don't get me wrong, I am always on the lookout for new authors; personally some of these books (this one included) actually feel like they were written to take advantage of the urban fantasy "gold rush" instead of writing creative fantasy for the readers. I found the main character Tess clueless, shallow and concerned more about fashion then solving a crime. The storyline didn't have enough paranormal or intrigue to keep my attention and interest. There really wasn't enough substance in the storyline to draw me in, stand out or make me want to read it. This series feels so blasé and passionless to me, therefore I have decided not to continue reading this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    better than the first

    Good read Story flows well.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

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    Good Read

    It's different than many books in the sifi/fantasy group. The main character isn't strong or exceptionally great at anything, shes a normal person. I found it a refreshing read.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Great Read if you like vampires and demons

    I really liked this book and I didn't know it was about demon hunting. I thought the writing style was good, it was like normal conversation style writing I could understand who she was and where she was coming from. I was really able to follow along.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    A Flash of Hex

    I found the book enjoyable. At times it was difficult to follow, simply because phrases used by characters were unknown to the reader. Still, an interesting scenario that takes you into the supernatural world in a totally different way. I feel as if there might have been a previous book in which much of the situations and phrases might have been introduced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2009

    Interesting, but you can overdo a "sense of place"

    They story and characters were interesting, but I kept getting pulled up short by the excessive descriptions of Vancouver. It is obvious that the writer loves her city, but the endless descriptions of the streets, the neighborhoods, their histories, the restaurants and coffee shops, etc. etc. were more suited to a guidebook than a novel.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

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    Spellbinding

    On an alternate earth, materia (magic) is very common) and those who possess it are brought into CORE (the Conservatory of Mage and Others); there job is to police the supernatural community; especially demons, half-demons, necromancers, and other practitioners of dark magic. Tess Corday is an Occult Special Investigator, who, with her gay partner Derrick make a great investigative team. Mia, Tess's ward, has the VB-positive (vampire retrovirus) and is taking medicine to keep from turning. She knows her family investigates supernatural crimes, but their current one is perhaps the most gruesome yet.------------

    Tess and Derrick go to an apartment where they find the body of a teen floating upside down from the ceiling. He bled out from his carotid artery dripping into a cauldron. The victim is the son of Devorah Kynan, a very powerful mage, who pressures the OCI to find her son's killer. Four other teenage offspring of mages were killed in the last few weeks in a similar fashion. It looks like a magical entity is carrying out a serial killing ritual and needs to be stooped before it completes its task. Tess has to deal with Mr.Corvid, a pureblood demon raised in another realm. He tells her the answers are in her mind if she would only look inside; to do this she would need to take the highly addicted hallucinogenic drug Hex. She gets some answers from her childhood past when she signed up for CORE and now she needs to put the pieces together and find the entity before it kills again-------------

    Urban fantasy is obviously in and perhaps satiating the market, but sub-genre fans will relish A FLASH OF HEX, an exciting police procedural with deep fascinating characters who make the world of Battis seem genuine. The tale is loaded with suspense even when Tess learns more about herself than she ever wanted to know. The support cast is filled with flawed characters that enhance the realm, but the bottom line remains this is Tess' tale as she and Derrick go after a supernatural serial killer.----------

    Harriet Klausner

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