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by David B. Coe (Author)51iu726sJvL__SL500_AA300_PIaudible,BottomRight,13,73_AA300_

Bronson Pinchot (Narrator)

Publisher: Baen Books

Listening Length: 10 hours and 49 minutes

Publisher: Audible Studios

Justis Fearsson used to be a cop. Now he’s a private investigator hot on the trail of a serial killer. Or, in the killer’s sights? He’s also not your basic every day human. Not a wizard, exactly, Justis is a weremyste-a person with a wizard’s gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world. Interesting word, weremyste? Makes you think of a werewolf. There are similarities. Like, the full moon tends to enhance his magic and also free his control. He goes a little nuts at the full moon, the day before and the day after. Why he doesn’t carry a badge anymore.

What is an ex-cop turned private investigator/weremyste doing chasing a serial killer? It’s an old case that has haunted him for the last eighteen months. He’s pulled back in and uses his gift to discover that the victims are being killed by magic. Magic like Justis has never seen before.

You have to love Justis and have a lot of respect for his ex-partner/friend. Talk about great characters. From old snitches during his cop days, to his dad, and the new love interest. I won’t say this is a fast paced book, but it didn’t lag anywhere. The action kept moving and the narration was spot on with the inflection, and again, timing.

Between the writing, the characters and the production, this is one of the best listens I’ve had in a while. And let’s talk about the writing for a moment. Not everyone can bring the details about a new type of magical person and their backstory in without having an info dump somewhere. David did. There was no place in the story where I felt I needed more information before I was given it. And as a writer, I’m always looking for how others do this. I’ll be reading/listening to more of David’s work.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. Again, pacing, writing, characters, action, there’s just so much to like about the book.

Was there anything I didn’t like about the book? No. Surprise. I was very happy to NOT be IN the Bad GUYS head.