DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE

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The award-winning Cat and Bones saga takes a dark and tumultuous turn in the fourth installment of this remarkable first-person series. Frost never shies away from forcing her protagonists to face both internal and external demons. That character complexity is a major reason for this series' impressive success. Frost's dazzling blend of urban fantasy action and passionate relationships makes her a true phenomenon.

Just when Cat hoped to spend quality time strengthening her relationship with her vampire husband Bones, a shadow from the past emerges. Unbeknownst to Cat, when she was a teenager she was taken by a master vampire named Gregor in his attempt to change the future. Cat was removed from Gregor's custody by Mencheres, who erased young Cat's memories of the events.

Gregor escapes prison and claims that he, not Bones, is Cat's true husband, and Cat's volatile emotions run the gamut from anger to curiosity. What did this master vampire once mean to her? Gregor's sinister persistence now threatens everything Cat holds dear. (AVON, Aug., 400 pp., $7.99)
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Jill M. Smith