Marked’s relatable lead will have you simultaneously laughing at and feeling sorry for him. What other hero has a drug problem, gets kicked out of his group and keeps his current job by the skin of his teeth? Hughes has written a splendid series that will keep readers interested and on their toes. Those of you who have been reading since the first book, Clean, will see an evolution in Adam as well as in Hughes’ writing. Recommended for fans of the intense, the weird, the mysterious and the adventurous.
A level 8 telepath, Adam was kicked out of the Guild for drug problems not solely his own. Since then he’s been freelancing for the Atlanta PD. While it’s not the most secure job, it does come with a paycheck and keeps Adam busy and away from the drugs that got him kicked out (well, one of the many reasons) from the Guild in the first place. When his ex, Kara, shows up looking for help, he lands back in the Guild headquarters and finds himself on a new case that may just cost him everything. (ROC, Apr., 352 pp., $7.99)