MARK OF THE DEMON
Utilizing her real-world experience as an ex-cop/forensic assistant, debut author Rowland pulls together an edgy new urban fantasy novel that's both
a police procedural and a demonic thriller. The collision of heroine Kara's dual careers sets the stage for an engrossing and gritty tale that also
possesses a dangerously sexy edge. Through Kara's eyes readers get a crash course on a serial killer case with an unholy twist. Brava to Rowland for creating a vivid heroine and several transfixing secondary players.
A Los Angeles police detective by day, Kara Gillian at night practices her inherited skills as a demon summoner. But a routine summoning goes inexplicably wrong, and instead of a low-level demon, the angelic-looking but horribly dangerous demon lord Rhyzkahl appears. Then Kara is handed a possible new Symbol Man serial murder case. At the crime scene she sees traces of magic, and the arrival of sexy FBI agent Ryan Kristoff also complicates matters. To stop a horrific killer, Kara may need to call on Rhyzkahl, but will the cost be too high? (BANTAM SPECTRA, Jun., 384 pp., $7.99)