Image of Skin Deep (Laura Blackstone, Book 1)


Image of Skin Deep (Laura Blackstone, Book 1)

The uber-talented
Del Franco launches
his second series, Laura Blackstone. It's set in a universe
where the modern world and the
realm of faerie have converged. Laura is the ultimate undercover operative, but her lifestyle borders on the schizophrenic as she juggles multiple identities. Del Franco presents a story where menace and treachery ensure these players are put through the literal wringer. It's terrific stuff!

As an undercover agent for the fey intelligence agency, druid Laura Blackstone is currently juggling three different identities. As Laura, she is the PR director for the Fey Guild. As Janice Crawford, she is a backup SWAT member, and as Mariel Tate she hunts down terrorists.

During an op gone bad, "Janice" is nearly killed and a fellow SWAT member is fatally shot. Something about the operation doesn't ring true, and as Laura tries to uncover the truth, she discovers disturbing connections to her other identities. The link seems to be the upcoming Fey Exhibition at the National Archives. If Laura can't unlock the insidious plot, the cost could be horrendous.

(ACE, Aug., 304 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith