Thursday, November 15, 2012

Devil's Bargain by Rachel Caine

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Devil's Bargain
by Rachel Caine
304 pages
NetGalley
Adult Paranormal
2005

Book Jacket Summary
What's the price of a deal with the devil?
Playing by the psychic underworld's rules has cost..
Jazz Callender's whole life just got turned upside down. Her friend Ben's been convicted of a crime he didn't commit, and Jazz is determined to clear his name, even if it means enlisting the help of dark forces.
Enter James, a stranger with a mysterious offer. If Jazz pledges to work for The Cross Society, a shadowy secret organization, he'll help her save Ben. But as she's thrust into a world of psychic powers and dangerous magic, Jazz isn't just bargain for her friend's freedom. She's bargaining for her soul too.
And how high a price is she willing to pay? 

My Thoughts
I am a big fan of Rachel Caine's Marganville Vampire series, so I was excited to see she had another series aimed for adults. This one starts out as a straight detective story or ex-detective in this case but slowly pushes in a supernatural feel.
Jazz is an ex-cop that was pushed out of her job because her partner was convicted of murder and others think that she must be a dirty cop by association. All Jazz wants to do is find any evidence to acquit Ben and get her best friend out of jail. Instead she is offered a job from a law firm to partner up with another, Lucia and form a private investigation firm. James Borden comes in with the offer and Jazz is tempted by more than the 100k check.
This is a fun book with two strong female characters and is adult without crossing the line. I love a good mystery or romance and this one gives me both. I would recommend this one to adults who are tired of all the teenage angst and are looking for someone a bit more their own age. I love YA but sometimes I need another perspective. Devil's Bargain gives me that. There is a second book told from Lucia's point of view and I am excited to read that one over my Thanksgiving break!

Book Pairings
 Trick of the Light by Rob Thurman 
Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy 

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