UNDEAD TO THE WORLD
The final book in Barant’s Bloodhound Files takes an odd turn that is likely to keep series fans wondering what’s going on. Although Barant’s genuine talent for character development and byzantine storytelling is clearly evident, taking Jace out of the world and away from the supporting players we have grown fond of for the finale is disappointing. Still, no one has moxie quite like Jace!
Having spent time in a psych ward for her unhealthy obsession with the television show the Bloodhound Files, Jace Valchek is surviving by working two part-time jobs in the small town of Thropirelem, Kan. When a local reverend is found hanged, fingers are pointed toward the Gallowsman, who, according to legend, was unjustly hanged. As the bodies start piling up, Jace realizes those contraband DVDs of the Bloodhound Files may hold some answers to the deadly weirdness around her. (ST. MARTIN’S, Dec., 304 pp., $7.99)