The second installment of The Bloodhound Files is as impressive as the first. Barant makes the familiar seem completely fresh by utilizing an alternate universe that mirrors our own, except that supernaturals are in charge. Heroine Jace Valchek's in-your-face style brings plenty of humor to dangerous scenarios. Fast paced, fun and not to be missed!

According to her deal with NSA head -- and vampire -- David Cassius, before FBI agent Jace Valchek can return to her own universe, she must track down dangerous fugitive Aristotle Stoker. But Jace and her golem partner Charlie Aleph are pulled away to investigate a troubling new case because their co-worker, vampire Gretchen Petra, is involved.

Gretchen's significant other, Saladin Aquitaine, has been bizarrely murdered, and the clues lead to a comic book connection. Comic books were outlawed decades ago after a magically infused series led to real murders, sparking to the creation of the Bravo Brigade comic heroes. Now someone is murdering the real-life incarnations, and Jace is in a race against time to stop them. (ST. MARTIN'S, Apr., 343 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith