Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine Series #1)
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Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine Series #1)

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by Lilith Saintcrow

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When the Devil needs a rogue demon killed, who does he call?

The Player: Necromance-for-hire Dante Valentine is choosy about her jobs. Hot tempered and with nerves of steel, she can raise the dead like nobody's business. But one rainy Monday morning, everything goes straight to hell.

The Score: The Devil hires Dante to eliminate a rogue demon&

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When the Devil needs a rogue demon killed, who does he call?

The Player: Necromance-for-hire Dante Valentine is choosy about her jobs. Hot tempered and with nerves of steel, she can raise the dead like nobody's business. But one rainy Monday morning, everything goes straight to hell.

The Score: The Devil hires Dante to eliminate a rogue demon: Vardimal Santino. In return, he will let her live. It's an offer she can't refuse.

The Catch: How do you kill something that can't die?

Dante Valentine Novels
Working for the Devil
Dead Man Rising
Devil's Right Hand
Saint City Sinners
To Hell and Back

Dante Valentine (omnibus)

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The Damnation Affair (e-only)

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Hunter's Prayer
Redemption Alley
Flesh Circus
Heaven's Spite
Angel Town

Jill Kismet (omnibus)

A Romance of Arquitaine Novels
The Hedgewitch Queen
The Bandit King

Blood Call (coming August 2015)

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Publishers Weekly
Tough-as-nails necromancer Dante Valentine has a problem: the devil wants her to catch a rogue demon and, for the duration of the task, she must be accompanied by a demon assassin named Japhrimel. If she refuses, she dies; if she accepts, she'll likely die in the process. Dante decides to take her chances with the latter, but her hunt doesn't get into full swing until the book's final third. Instead, she pauses to take a ride on a "slicboard" (a skateboard that glides on air), to wrestle cryptic information from an assortment of nonhuman and magical people and to argue with everyone from Japhrimel to her fellow necromancer friend, Gabe. Though Dante is as prickly as a wet cat and frustratingly adamant about maintaining her loner status, she's a brave, charismatic protagonist with a smart mouth and a suicidal streak. What's not to love? Fans of Laurel K. Hamilton should warm to Saintcrow's dark, evocative debut, though the story's weak relationship thread may disappoint aficionados of the paranormal romance veterans Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Working for the Devil

By Lilith Saintcrow

Warner Books

Copyright © 2005 Lilith Saintcrow
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-61670-2

Chapter One

My working relationship with Lucifer began on a rainy Monday. I'd just settled down to a long afternoon of watching the holovid soaps and doing a little divination, spreading the cards and runes out on the hank of blue silk I'd laid out, when there was a bashing on my door that shook the walls.

I turned over a card, my lacquered fingernails scraping. The amber ring on my left middle finger sparked. The Devil card pulsed, landing atop a pile of flat runestones. I hadn't touched it. The card I turned over was blank.

"Interesting," I said, gooseflesh rippling up my back. Then I hauled myself up off the red threadbare carpet and padded barefoot out into the hallway. My rings flashed, a drift of green sparks snapping and popping down my fingers. I shook them off, frowning.

The lines of Power wedded to my front door twirled uneasily. Something nasty was on my front step. I hitched up my jeans, then reached over and curled my fingers around the sword hanging on the wall. I lifted it down, chucked the blade free with my thumb against the guard.

The peephole in the middle of the door was black, no light spilling through. I didn't bother looking. Instead, I touched the door, spreading the fingers of my right hand against smooth iron. My rings rang and vacillated, reading theflow of whatever was behind the door.

Oh, gods above and below, I thought. Whatever it is, it's big.

Bracing myself for murder or a new job, I unlocked the door and stepped back, my sword half-drawn. The blue glow from Power-drenched steel lit up my front hall, glimmering against the white paint and the full-length mirror hung next to my coatrack. I waited.

The door creaked slowly open. Let's have some mood music for effect, I thought sardonically, and prepared to sell myself dear if it was murder.

I can draw my sword in a little under a second and a half. Thankfully, there was no need to. I blinked.

Standing on my front step was a tall, spare, golden-skinned man dressed in black jeans and a long, black, Chinese-collared coat. The bright silver gun he held level to my chest was only slightly less disconcerting than the fact that his aura was cloaked in twisting black-diamond flames. He had dark hair cut short and laser-green eyes, a forgettable face and dreamy wide shoulders.

Great. A demon on my doorstep, I thought, and didn't move. I barely even breathed.

"Danny Valentine?" he asked. Well, demanded, actually.

"Who wants to know?" I shot back, automatically. The silvery gun didn't look like a plasgun, it looked like an old-fashioned 9mm.

"I wish to speak with Danny Valentine," the demon enunciated clearly, "or I will kill you."

"Come on in," I said. "And put that thing away. Didn't your mother ever teach you it was bad manners to wave a gun at a woman?"

"Who knows what a Necromance has guarding his door?" the demon replied. "Where is Danny Valentine?"

I heaved a mental sigh. "Come on in off my front porch," I said. "I'm Danny Valentine, and you're being really rude. If you're going to try to kill me, get it over with. If you want to hire me, this is so the wrong way to go about it."

I don't think I've ever seen a demon look nonplussed before. He holstered his gun and stepped into my front hall, peeling through the layers of my warding, which parted obediently to let him through. When he stood in front of me, kicking the door shut with one booted foot, I had him calculated down to the last erg of Power.

This is not going to be fun, I thought. What is a Lord of Hell doing on my doorstep?

Well, no time like the present to ask. "What's a Lord of Hell doing on my doorstep?" I asked.

"I have come to offer you a contract," he said. "Or more precisely, to invite you to audience with the Prince, where he will present you with a contract. Fulfill this contract successfully, and you will be allowed to live with riches beyond your wildest dreams." It didn't sound like a rote speech.

I nodded. "And if I said I wasn't interested?" I asked. "You know, I'm a busy girl. Raising the dead for a living is a high-demand skill nowadays."

The demon regarded me for maybe twenty seconds before he grinned, and a cold sweat broke out all over my body. My nape prickled and my fingers twitched. The three wide scars on my back twitched uneasily.

"Okay," I said. "Let me get my things, and I'll be happy to attend His Gracious Princeship, yadda-yadda, bing-bong. Capice?"

He looked only slightly less amused, his thin grim face lit with a murderous smile. "Of course. You have twenty minutes."

If I'd known what I was getting into, I would have asked for a few days. Like maybe the rest of my life.


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Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 116 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very entertaining book. Danny Valentine, Necromance, gets a job working for the devil himself. She takes along Japh, a demon helper, and the fun begins. This book just got better and better as you read through it. I loved the character of Dante Valentine. She is tough and smart. I have been reading all of the Laurell Hamilton Anita Blake series and have gotten tired of the neverending sex scenes and no plot. This book helped me find a new author to read having grown tired of Anita Blake and Laurell Hamilton's later books. This book did not have your standard ending, full of surprises and somewhat sad! The only recommendation I have for others who read this book is to have a dictionary handy when reading it. Lots of big words, and a glossary of the furturistic terms she uses in this book, like Psoi, holovoid, etc. would have been very helpful. Other than that, this book was well worth the money!
MsFit More than 1 year ago
I bought this book when the Walden bookstore in my town was going out of business. Just saw it on a shelf, the title caught my eye so I read the back and it seemed like it'd be a cool book to read. I was wrong, it is the BEST book series I could have EVER stumbled into! I love The Dante Valentine Series, each book keeps getting better and better! I'm just really sad that I'm on book 4 and there's one left...Dante and Japhrimel are MY Romeo and Juliet and I recommend this book to anyone who loves action, some romance, and surprises throughout every single book in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just found this book and I was absolutely thrilled. This is a great story with strong and interesting characters. The play between Dante and Jaf was at turns frustrating and tender which made for a real page turner. This is a very hard book to put down so make some time to enjoy it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Interrupting the soaps, Tierce Japhrimel, a demon, visits highly regarded necromancer Dante Valentine to meet his Prince or die. Put that way, the tough Dante agrees to go along with the gun toting demon to a meeting with Lucifer to learn what the Prince of Darkness wants from her. They catch the subway to Hell where Lucifer offers Dante a contract that she cannot refuse or she dies of course what the Prince wants her to do probably means she dies anyway. --- Dante is to capture a rogue demon accompanied by Japhrimel, who is more than a kick butt demon he is a demon assassin. Accepting the kind offer made in good faith, Dante begins to search for the rogue though she is distracted by other items not directly related to her investigation. Japhrimel somewhat keeps her focused as they argue over everything especially when she spins into sidebars. --- WORKING FOR THE DEVIL is a fun urban noir paranormal thriller that stars a bristly courageous loner, a no nonsense demonic sidekick, and a horde of paranormal and human cretins who make the mundane things like riding a train into a supernatural event. As the glue to the plot, Dante turns the story line into a fine investigative tale though her inquiries do not go into first gear until the latter half of the novel, but her capers occur throughout. Fans will want more starring this acerbic street tough necromancer. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Edgy and not to wordy, this was a different kind of book than I typically read, and I am so glad I decided to try it out. I ran across and read another book of Lilith Saintcrow's called "The Demon's Librarian" first and liked it so much I thought I would try one of her other series. It caught me right off from the beginning and it surprised me on how it ended. The plot was interesting and the characters were fleshed out. I am not usually a fan of "other" worlds with a lot of unheard of technology but Mrs. Saintcrow blended seamlessly the technology and arcane charac ters. I couldn't put this one down, this is a great read and I am anxious to start the second book in the series!
MIDNIGHTSKY511 More than 1 year ago
I am a lover of supernatural/fantasy. This is one of my favorite series. Ok probably my favorite series. A must read, page turner that fits the bill with a futuristic twist. I only wish there was more.
Victoria Sazani More than 1 year ago
This a great book. I love Dante. She is impetuous and courageous and I wish more authors were able to capture the strength and the natural instinctive capabilities of real women like Saintcrow can. And yea there is a shmalz aspect as there will be inherently in any romance novel. But she maintains some level of mystique and doesnt flog you with sex scenes. The level of action and Dantes inner dialogue and personality definately out weigh the eye rolls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You won't be disappointed by this new series! It is a fresh and different as Laurell K. Hamilton's EARLY Anita Blake series 'books 1 through 9'. Dante's world is moody, dark, and organized religion has given way to the worship of personal gods from every pantheon imaginable. Oh, and demons walk the earth, looking human but definitely souped-up with power. One of them is Lucifer - yep, the very one - and he's commanded Dante to do an impossible deed for which she gets to keep her life. We can all relate to the boss from Hell, right? The first chapter is very funny!! And, there's Japh. Dante grows to accept him ... and so do we. Ms. Saintcrow must have had a eureka moment when she conceived this story. And the others in the series are equally fabulous!! Just read it. You won't be disappointed. These books are keepers!!!
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EMMacCallum More than 1 year ago
Dante Valentine is a badass necromancer. Think Anita Blake but in a futuristic world with less vampires and more demons, spirits and multiple magic users. Dante brings ghosts back from ashes to communicate with the living. She’s a fascinating character with a rune sword, jewelry that sparks and a tattoo on her face that’s embedded with an emerald. This way the whole world will know what she is. My only issues might be some of her mental tantrums when something didn’t go her way. She was a bit overdramatic making her a volatile leader but at the same time, this made her unique and unpredictable. What wasn’t a waste of time was the intricate story that went with Dante’s world. I was enthralled, engaged and trapped in those pages with Dante, her Psion buds and demonic sidekick. Her deal with Lucifer ends up as a bigger deal than she imagined and could cost her more than she’s willing to give. In this particular future I was also pleased to see a lack of sexual labelling. It was refreshing that who slept with who wasn’t a title to describe that person. Though at times it felt like Dante was an emotional extremist there were main portions of the storyline that were hypnotic. I didn’t just want to find out what happened, I needed to know.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
A Lord of Hell shows up at Dante's door with an invite from the Prince for a contract - she fulfills and she'll be allowed to live with riches beyond her dreams. The Prince, Lucifer, wishes an escaped demon executed and the Egg, a demon artifact he's about to break, brought back to him. Jaf, the demon assassin of Lucifer's is to go with her and keep her alive until the job is done. The demon - Santino - is a dangerous serial killer and Dante and Jaf have personal vendetta's to settle with him. Why Dante? Because the demon was granted immortality years ago. Lucifer hopes since Dante is neither human or Demon she will be able to do the job. One thing that stuck out in a huge way to me, the world building. Lilith is a pro at it. This world is similar yet so different to what we know. There is an advance in tech here, as demons do love tinkering. There are hover trains, plasguns, holovids, AI pilotdecks on hovers and freight fliers. Magic exists here strongly and is accepted, mostly. There's an Academy to be accredited in area of expertise. But people are still nervous of some of the areas, necromancy being top of the list. Such an interesting creation with psi and even demon intervention in the world. Demons aren't all that bad. Err, lack of a better word? They are not angels, but they are interesting in humans and the way of the human world as well. Demons are not looked upon with any love by many. But then there are many that don't know there are Demons walking around. But people sure know there are Necromancers and Shamans and others of magic walking around by their living tattoo on their face. Dante just wants to be left alone to get through her days the best she can. Pay off her Academy loans and buy a house sooner than most her kind. She dabbles in bounty hunting of small things, not an assassin though, to get ahead. And she is. She's a tough shell though. She has a softer side, but hides it well. Then we have Jaf...I...I think 40 pages in and I was falling for the demon. We meet other friends of Dante as well. They show a broader verse to the world. More magic present and what they can do. Cool. Gabe and Eddie and Jace. And...I think I really like Jace as well. But I doubted the friend relationships a few times as we went. Well done by Lilith. I will be reading more of this series. The world and magic has caught me. And, seeing Dante as she is now, I want to know what she'll do next.
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Lilith Saintcrow an author that shows why they need to start breaking up the sci-fi/fantasy section into romance and nonromance sections. She's a great author with a great world set up for Dante Valentine series, but after a second book of reading about her heroine moping about some old lover or another EVEN WHILE IN A FIREFIGHT just made me lose interest in the series. If I was someone that liked romance and sci-fi/fantasy I'd most likely give her a 5 star rating. As a stereotypical straight male I can only give her 3 stars. Guess it's on to the next series for me. But if you do like romance and sci-fi/fantasy mix give her a try. Think the old Shadowrun world only darker, with a good bit of romance mixed in
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NorCalT More than 1 year ago
Dante Valentine makes one feel that the term "Bad A$$" was created for her. She started a hard life & received a "new path" which she levels the field for humanity in a little South-western town. YOU DON'T MESS WITH DANTE-- she'll literally whip you into reality! HA HA HS HA!
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