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The second novel in Rob Thurman's dark fantasy saga featuring Caliban "Cal" Leandros follows the half-monster protagonist and his older brother, Niko, as they begin a new life in New York City as bodyguards and amateur detectives specializing in cases with a supernatural slant.
After almost destroying the world in 2006's Nightlife, Cal has learned a lot about his mysterious past (he was the product of an experimental breeding program run by the otherworldly and nightmarish Auphe, whose objective was nothing short of annihilating the planet), but many questions still trouble him. However, one thing is certain: With a plethora of bloodthirsty monstrosities secretly preying on and sometimes coexisting with humankind, Cal and Niko will never be short of work in the City That Never Sleeps. But when they take a seemingly open-and-shut case involving the Kin (the "Mafia of the nonhuman world"), Cal and his sword-wielding brother become unwilling pawns in a power struggle between rival werewolf factions. The stakes are dramatically increased when Cal's girlfriend, the young seer Georgina, is kidnapped and held as collateral. The odds of Cal and his small group of misfit allies coming out of this unscathed are not good -- but 20-year-old Caliban Leandros is much more than even he realizes…
While the main character in Thurman's saga is decidedly morose and perpetually ill-tempered, fans of comparable series like Simon R. Green's Nightside novels and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files should give this fast-paced and darkly humorous series a try. Paul Goat Allen