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"An intriguing mix of mystery and fantasy"

If you like witches, vampires, pixies, and were-anything, you'll love this book. While not a mystery in the traditional sense, there runs through the story the question: Why does Rachel Morgan's boss single her out to be fired?

In Harrison's world order, the tension between humans and the Inderlanders (read as preternaturals, you know, the afore-mentioned vamps, pixies, witches and the like) is heightened after a virus (cultured in tomatoes of all things) wiped out almost half the human population in the world. The Inderlanders who until that time had managed to live side-by-side with humans now populate the world in almost equal numbers. In fact, they had kept the economy thriving in the United States while the humans struggled to live. In this post-apocalyptic world, the two species live and work together, but there is always an underlying tension of distrust.

White witch Rachel Morgan is a runner for the Inderland Security - - she hunts down bad witches and other miscreant Inderlanders and brings them in before the humans can. When she fails to bring in a larcenous leprechaun - - she lets the woman go for a promise of three wishes - - she is kicked out of the I.S. by Denon, her boss and a second-class vampire who has always had it in for her. She sets up a private security business with Jenks, a pixie, and another former I.S. runner, Ivy, a living vampire.

But for some unknown reason, Denon has put out a hit on her. To stay alive, she has to have an edge, a way to pay off the contract on her life. She decides that she needs to get the goods on a businessman named Trent, who she is sure is an illegal drug dealer.

As she dodges the best contract assassins in the Midwest, she works feverishly to find the evidence that will save her life. At the same time, she has to come to terms with living alongside a blood-thirsty vampire and an over-eager Pixie and his huge family. Mix in a mysterious human named Nick and an older witch named Keasley and you have a rollicking good time and a damn fine read to boot.

This looks like it is the first book in a planned series - - don't miss it!

Reviewed by Moni Draper
Posted June 9, 2004

SUMMARY

In the Hollows the vampires come out to play... and it's always witching hour

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She’s also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50% of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves-the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they’ve stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

On the run with a contract on her head, Rachel reluctantly teams up with Ivy, Inderland’s best runner…and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shapechanging assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crimelord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death…not to mention her own roommate!

Fun, sassy, filled with action, humor, and romance, Dead Witch Walking is the perfect summer read for anyone who likes vampires, paranormal fantasy, romance, or just a great beach book.

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Dead Witch Walking
(The Hollows: Book 1)
by Kim Harrison

Harper Torch
April 1, 2004
Available: April 27, 2004
ISBN #0060572965
EAN #9780060572969
432 pages
Paperback
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Kim Harrison

A Perfect Blood
Pale Demon
Early to Death, Early to Rise
Black Magic Sanction
Unbound
Once Dead, Twice Shy
White Witch, Black Curse
Hotter Than Hell
The Outlaw Demon Wails
Holidays Are Hell
Prom Nights from Hell
For a Few Demons More
A Fistful of Charms
Dates From Hell
Every Which Way But Dead
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead


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