Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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Kitty's radio show is as popular as ever and she has a boyfriend who actually seems to understand her. Can she finally settle down to a normal life? Not if this is just the calm before the storm. When her mother falls ill, Kitty rushes back to Denver--and right back to the abusive pack of werewolves she escaped a year ago. To make matters worse, a war is brewing between the city's two oldest vampires, threatening the whole supernatural community. Though she wants to stay neutral, Kitty is again drawn into a world...
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Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville Series #4)

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Overview

Kitty's radio show is as popular as ever and she has a boyfriend who actually seems to understand her. Can she finally settle down to a normal life? Not if this is just the calm before the storm. When her mother falls ill, Kitty rushes back to Denver--and right back to the abusive pack of werewolves she escaped a year ago. To make matters worse, a war is brewing between the city's two oldest vampires, threatening the whole supernatural community. Though she wants to stay neutral, Kitty is again drawn into a world of politics and violence. To protect her family, her lover, and herself, she'll have to choose sides. And maybe become what she hates--a killer.
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Werewolf Kitty Norville has found success as a popular late night radio DJ and perhaps even more important, she's hooked up with a compassionate boyfriend. However, just as she's relishing the calm in her life, a call about a family medical emergency drags her back to Denver and into the throes of a violent supernatural upheaval. With feuding vampires and abusive werewolves clawing at her door, she can only long for the tranquility of her lover's arms and her midnight show.
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"Readers of Kim Harrison's Hollows series and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files will appreciate Kitty's sarcastic wit, ingenuity, and independence." —-Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446511124
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Kitty Norville Series , #4
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 35,252
  • File size: 494 KB

Meet the Author

Carrie Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops in California, Florida, North Dakota, Maryland, and Colorado. She holds a Masters in English Literature and collects hobbies—-fencing and sewing are currently high on the list. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Her website is www.carrievaughn.com.

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Kitty and the Silver Bullet


By Carrie Vaughn

Grand Central Publishing

Copyright © 2008 Carrie Vaughn
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-446-61875-5


Chapter One

I hated the smell of this place: concrete and institutional. Antiseptic. But all the cleaning in the world couldn't cover up the unhappiness, the sourness, the faint smell of urine. The anger.

The guard at the door of the visiting room pointed me and Ben to empty chairs at a table on one side of a glass partition. The room held half a dozen cubicles like this. Only a phone line would connect us to the other side.

I was shaking. I didn't like coming here. Well, I did, and I didn't. I wanted to see him, but even being here as a visitor made me feel trapped. The Wolf side didn't handle it very well. Ben squeezed my hand under the table.

"You okay?" he said. Ben had been coming here once a week to see Cormac. I didn't come quite as often-once a month, for five months now. I'd never get used to this. In fact, it seemed to get harder every time, not easier. I was so tense, just being here exhausted me.

"I think so," I said. "But this place makes me nervous."

"Don't let him see you upset," he whispered. "We're supposed to be supportive."

"I know. Sorry." I held his hand with both of mine and tried to stop the trembling. I was supposed to be the strong one. I was supposed to be the one who helped Ben keep it together, not the other way around.

On the other side of the glass, a guard led out a man wearing an orange prison jumpsuit. His light brown hair was cut shorter than it used to be, which made his face seem more gaunt. I tried to convince myself that he wasn't thinner. His mustache was the same as always. So was his stoic frown.

My smile felt stiff and fake. Cormac would know it was fake. Had to be cheerful, couldn't let him see me upset.

He was handcuffed. When he picked up the phone to talk to us, he had to hold both hands up to his face. Ben held our phone between us. Leaning close, we could both hear.

"Hey," Ben said.

"Hey." Cormac smiled. Broke my heart, him smiling like that behind the glass. "Thanks for coming."

"How you doing?"

Cormac shrugged. "Hanging in there. No worries."

He was here on felony manslaughter charges. He'd killed to save my life, and now he was serving time for it. I owed him a huge debt, which hung on me like lead weights.

It could have been worse. The only way we could all sit here smiling at each other was thinking of how much worse it had almost been. One or all of us dead, Cormac in here for life-

He didn't seem to begrudge me the debt. Right from the start, he'd approached the prison sentence as doing penance, just like he was supposed to. Just another obstacle to overcome, another river to cross.

Ben handled this better than I did. "You need anything? Besides a cake with a file baked in?"

"No. Just more of the same."

I'd been ordering books for him. It had started out as a joke after I'd accused him of being illiterate. Then it turned earnest. Reading kept his mind off being trapped. Kept him from going crazy.

"Any requests?" I said, and Ben tipped the mouthpiece so he could hear me.

Cormac shook his head. "I'm not picky. Whatever you think is good." I had a list of classics I was feeding him. But no Dostoyevsky.

We had an hour for small talk. Very small talk. I couldn't say I'm sorry, because then I'd get upset. Leave on a happy note. Ben and I wanted to make sure Cormac got out of here in one piece, or at least not any more damaged than he was when he went in.

"Would you believe some of the guys listen to your show?" Cormac said.

"Really? That's kind of weird."

"I tell them you're not that mean in person. I'm ruining your reputation."

"Great," I said, smirking. "Thanks." Ben chuckled.

"You two look good," Cormac said, leaning back in his chair. "You look good together." His smile turned satisfied, almost. Comforted.

He'd told us both to look after each other. Like he couldn't trust either of us to take care of ourselves, but together we'd be okay. He was probably right. Ben and I had cobbled together our little pack of two, and we were doing okay. But it still felt like we were missing something. He was sitting across from us, on the other side of the glass. And we were all pretending like everything was okay.

A guard loomed behind Cormac. Time's up.

"I'll see you next week," Ben said.

Cormac said, to me specifically, "Thanks for coming. Everyone in here's ugly as shit. It's nice to see a pretty face once in a while."

Which broke my heart again. There had to be more I could do than sit here and be a pretty face, however pretty I could possibly be with my pale skin, blond hair tied in a short, scruffy ponytail, and eyes on the verge of crying. I wanted to touch the glass, but that would have been such a cliché and hopeless gesture.

He put the phone back, stood, and was gone. He always walked away without turning to look, and we always stayed to watch him go until he was out of sight.

Ben put his hand on my shoulder, urging me away. Hand in hand, in silence, we left the prison gates and emerged into too-bright summer sun and a baking parking lot. Quietly we slipped into the car, Ben in the driver's seat. Then the blowup happened.

He closed the door, settled for a moment, then hit the steering wheel with a closed fist. Then again, and again, throwing his whole body into it. The car rocked. I just watched.

After a moment, he slouched back. He gripped the steering wheel, bracing himself. "I hate this. I hate that he's in there, and there's nothing I can do."

He blamed himself as much as I blamed myself. If I hadn't needed saving, if Ben had found the right legal out-and there was Cormac, accepting it all without complaint. He and Cormac were cousins. They'd grown up together, looked out for each other, and now they were helpless.

I touched his forearm and squeezed, like I could push out the tension. He sighed.

"Let's get out of here," I said.

(Continues...)



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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2008

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    Great work, great read!

    I have liked all the "a werewolf named Kitty" (great bit of humor there) books, but with Kitty and the Silver Bullet I could really settle in and enjoy the story. This is because of the indepth understanding of how packs, alphas etc. really work that Carrie Vaughn displays in this story.<BR/>In Kitty and the Silver Bullet Carrie Vaughn demonstrates she's done her homework on wolves and other pack animals on a massive scale. She even shows she has an understanding of what "Alpha" really means in the world of pack and herd animals. I cheered when I read the proof she recognized and understood that packs and herds have two leaders, a male for protection purposes and a female for seeing to the everyday needs of the pack. An animal lover picks up on this.<BR/>I have quite the love-hate relationship with a lot of werewolf books because so many of the authors haul out the old "alpha equals dominance by muscle" idea and warmed it over. Carrie Vaughn has broken out of this convient trap and produced a prototype I hope many more writers of werewolf and shapeshifter fiction will emulate. A very good read, highly recommended.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    The latest Kitty werewolf damsel in distress tale is a fun paranormal chick lit

    Kitty the werewolf feels good about being a werewolf as her radio show is a success and she even has a boyfriend. More critical no one has recently tried to kill her (something she could not say through three previous books).----------- When her mom becomes ill, Kitty drops everything to return to her Denver home to help her. However, the Mile High City was not a safe haven for her when she lived there and had a graveyard radio show. Her former pack has not forgiven her for exposing them on the air and for leaving no one walks out on a werewolf pack. Two vampire sects are in a cold war that is turning hot blooded with the threat of pulling in the entire paranormal population into a civil war. Kitty is caught in the middle when all she wants to do is nurse her mom back to heath.----------- The latest Kitty werewolf damsel in distress tale is a fun paranormal chick lit as Kitty proves you can come home to face the same trouble you left behind. Kitty being her natural made self gets caught in the middle of a cold war turning increasingly hostile amidst the divided vampires and her former pack who wants her to leave Colorado immediately. As Kitty dodges silver bullets while ripping out a few hairs in her amusing satirical way, you won¿t find Cheney lose what is left of his hair to appear on her show.------------ Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Kitty and the silver bullet

    Fun writing like cotton candy, and like cotton candy, you never want to stop

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Sliver

    Ok.

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    Posted June 13, 2012

    Nookville post office

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    I like Kitty

    I am gettting to like Kitty more and more. I see her flaws and yet, I like her. I am sad that she is sticking with Ben. I know it is the logical choice and it is good with her becomeing pack leader and all, but still. The fact that both of them are slightly unsure if they would be together if he had not become a werewolf, I just don't think that they are right for each other. I really think that Kitty should get with Cormac. I know that he is in jail and all, but I really see them as a good couple. Better than her and Ben. Anyway, the book is really good, keeps you entained and it is a lot of fun. Kitty sure knows how to make a mess of thinkgs!!

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    Getting better...

    Our little werewolf radio host is starting to grow up, aaahhhh. Thankfully for readers, Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series just keeps getting better with each book. Kitty and the Silver Bullet is an easy read with a few genuine laugh out loud moments. I finally feel like I am reading a real werewolf novel and not some cheesy story about some scared random annoying woman. The story flowed well and wasn't AS predictable as the other Kitty novels. I appreciated the research Vaughn put into finding the facts and dynamics of real wolf packs and integrating them into her novel. The plot held my attention and I enjoyed watching supporting characters coming out of their little closets they seemed to have been previously locked into. It was a joy to read Kitty and Ben's relationship grow in its human aspect, and fans of the series will love the honest exchange between past love interest Cormac and Kitty. I truly enjoyed reading this book and was able to finish it in a few hours. Warning, this book should be read in order with the series as to prevent confusion due to it's heavy revolvings around past characters and their previous interactions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    Calling All Werewolf Fans

    This was a very entertaining paranormal fiction novel where the main character is a woman named Kitty Norville that happens to be both a late night radio DJ and a werewolf. Vaughn introduces us to her main heroine in this book, who is just coming into her own both as a woman and as werewolf. One of the male leads is Cormac, who is a bounty hunter who often goes after supernatural creatures. There is a relationship between Kitty and Cormac that is reminiscent of Laurel K Hamiltonâ¿¿s Antia Blake and Edward, but it works. There are several side stories going on during the book, which are left open for future novels to deal with. The main story is how Kitty is dealing with her new celebrity life and the radio show versus her submissive position in the local werewolf pack. There is plenty of action and intriguing characters. One of my favorite parts of the book was the background of radio calls and interesting conversation with those who claimed to be supernaturals and those who just want to believe in them. I would recommend this series for any paranormal fiction fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

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    I'm so happy Ben and Kitty are getting married i would have never suspected that Ben actually felt that way about Kitty but i still think the wolf side is still encouraging to go at it.I can't wait for the next to book to come out and see what happens with their wedding and see how they are going to handle that pack of theirs'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    Love this Series

    I love this series. I enjoyed this book the most out of the four books in the series. Kitty grew up and got a backbone, she goes home and she and Ben get together. Kitty - great name for a Werewolf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2007

    Wonderful thriller!!!

    This book I have to admit is Carrie Vaughn's best yet. It keeps you entertained right up to the end. Carrie's writing is getting better and better with each new book and I'm looking forward to seeing what she comes up with in the future. A great book you need to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    haven't read it but this is a talented writer

    I have read all of Carrie's previous books and they keep getting better. I have a feeling that this one will be a winner, also. Keep those Kitty stories coming and I'm looking forward to reading this one. I can't wait to see how Kitty's little pack works out.

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