It's back to the weird for the second chapter in this striking first-person druid detective series. Del Franco's clear and textured voice ensures that readers vest instantly in characters and story. Waiting for the next installment will be tough.

Having still not recovered his innate druid powers, Connor Grey now makes his living helping the Boston P.D. with cases involving the fey. The case of a dead boy first appears to be a gang slaying, but when an elf diplomat also turns up dead, Connor gets a bad feeling.

While the Fey Guild's crime unit insists they're investigating, the rising power struggle between fairies and elves is threatening to boil over. Connor's doggedness and honor won't let him back down, even as attempts are made to silence him permanently. If Connor can't find a way to stop a power-crazed madman, more than just Boston may be at risk.

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

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith