The second Jill Kismet book from Saintcrow is just as gripping, readable and fast-paced as the first. There are revelations about Jill's past and snippets of fascinating worldbuilding. It's wonderful to see Jill stand up for the least of her city's residents and kick some serious butt.

Jill, a hunter of things that go bump in the night, is in trouble. There's an ancient evil lurking in her city, and she's the only one who can stop it. Teen prostitutes are showing up dead, their corpses mutilated, and clues seem to be few and far between.

Jill has no choice but to investigate and, assisted by Saul, her live-in werecat lover, she begins to make inroads into the mysterious and disturbing happenings when it's suddenly made clear that she's in way over her head -- and that she's going to have to turn to Perry, the local hellbreed boss, as well as the local were community, for assistance. (Orbit, Sep., 330 pp., $7.99)
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Natalie A. Luhrs