THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS
Talented Gay enters the urban fantasy world with a strong debut novel set in
an Atlanta that has become a doorway between worlds. Charlie Madigan is a complex heroine who is hardheaded and gutsy. Gay's world vision is dark and gritty, with plenty of mystery and treachery thrown in. This is an excellent start to an electrifying new series!
Single mom and cop Charlie Madigan and her siren partner Hank hunt down off-world criminals running amok in the Underground. Atlanta has become the doorway to the alternate dimensions of Elysia and Charbydon, whose residents possess terrifying powers.
Following a recent brutal attack, Charlie literally died, and no one has been able to give her a straight explanation as to what happened to bring her back, or what the strange changes now occurring within her mean. A horrible new drug called Ash has started infiltrating the streets, even taking down the babysitter of Charlie's daughter, Emma. Charlie and Hank are hot on the trail of its source, but their hunt leads them to an even more terrifying danger that threatens everything they know and love. (POCKET, Dec., 384 pp., $7.99)