Intricate worldbuilding and complex characters are the result of an exciting new collaboration between Ann Aguirre and her husband, Andres. Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work the night shift for the Criminal Investigation Division and they’re quite an unusual pair. Team Aguirre delivers protagonists whose strengths and weaknesses complement each other, forming a first-rate partnership — which is a blessing considering what they are up against! This is a killer blend of steampunk and fantasy!
The search for the missing daughter of one of the city’s powerful houses puts pressure on CID Inspectors Mikani and Ritsuko. When a missing girl turns up brutally murdered, the question is not only why was she killed, but how? Mikani and Ritsuko begin to suspect there is a madman on the loose who is using a horrific and dangerous combination of magic and technology. The trail will lead the team from elegant mansions to the gritty underground as they work feverishly to stop a killer before time runs out. (ACE, May, 336 pp., $7.99)