Life and crime through the eyes of a detective running on grit and nerve give Kittredge's new urban fantasy thriller a dark and cutting edge. The existence of the supernatural within the human population keeps both sides wary and bigoted. This new series oozes with seamy desperation.
When she discovers the D.A.'s son at the scene of a second killing, she sets off a political firestorm. Despite being suspended, Luna won't let the case go, because she knows that dark magic is playing a major role. Alpha were Dmitri Sandovsky is connected to both of the dead women, and he's out for revenge. Joining forces may not be procedure, but Luna has little choice. (ST. MARTIN'S, Mar., 329 pp., $6.99)