Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine Series #1)

Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine Series #1)

by Lilith Saintcrow
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Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine Series #1) by Lilith Saintcrow

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)

For more from Lilith Saintcrow, check out:

Gallow and Ragged
Trailer Park Fae

Bannon and Clare
The Iron Wyrm Affair
The Red Plague Affair
The Ripper Affair
The Damnation Affair (e-only)

Jill Kismet Novels
Night Shift
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316003131
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Series: Dante Valentine Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 830,390
Product dimensions: 6.78(w) x 4.24(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA.

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Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 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!!!
Kiratala More than 1 year ago
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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