Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville Series #4)
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Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville Series #4)

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by Carrie Vaughn
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
"Readers of Kim Harrison's Hollows series and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files will appreciate Kitty's sarcastic wit, ingenuity, and independence." ---Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446618755
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Kitty Norville Series , #4
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
450,546
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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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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From the Publisher
"Readers of Kim Harrison's Hollows series and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files will appreciate Kitty's sarcastic wit, ingenuity, and independence." —-Library Journal

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. The author of the bestselling Kitty Norville series, she has published over thirty short stories in science fiction and fantasy magazines. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career, and has over four hundred titles to her credit.

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Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 154 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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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Berls More than 1 year ago
The Kitty I Fell For is Back! I was pretty disappointed with the book prior to this one, Kitty Takes a Holiday, so I kind of stalled reading Kitty and the Silver Bullet. I'm so glad I got back into the series, though, because this book was quite good. I should note, there are some spoilers in this review if you haven't read the previous book. The most important change? Kitty is back to being a strong, dominant werewolf - instead of the whiny, self-pitying mess she was in Kitty Takes a Holiday. In Kitty and the Silver Bullet, Kitty is returning to Denver - her mom is ill so Kitty has to face everything she ran away from. Even though she's reluctant to do so and some of the old demons start to come back, it was so great to see her finding an inner strength you knew she had back in book 2 (Kity Goes to Washington). What really surprised me is that I LIKE Kitty with Ben! I thought I was going to hate that development, because well, you know... McCormick! I always liked Ben though, and as it turns out, I really like him with Kitty! I'm really excited to see where there relationship will go, especially considering some of the exciting developments in Kitty and the Silver Bullet both in their human and wolf relationships! And I'm eternally glad that I listen to this series, rather than reading it. Marguerite Gavin does a FANTASTIC job with Kitty and all the voices. Her voice is particularly great for Kitty's radio show, which is one of my favorite parts of the books - and I think it would be a real loss to get to listen to that. I'm on an Kitty Norville kick now - expecially since I just got offered books 6-14 on audio for review... so expect lots more Kitty in coming weeks :)
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Fun writing like cotton candy, and like cotton candy, you never want to stop
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