The answer to why becomes unfortunately clear during an interrogation back at the station. There is a new drug in town and the elves were junkies. Until now, goblins were the only species of supernaturals with a drug problem, but “Slide” was made for supes and apparently not only addictive to elves, but vampires, as well. Stan and Karl’s day was about to get a whole lot worse.
In tracking down Slide dealers, they discovered there was also a Mob war – err, fangwar – going on in Scranton. A Mafia family out of Philly was in town and vampire mobsters were showing up dead in shoot-outs all over town. On the surface, it looked like a normal kind of fight for territory and dominance, but Stan’s cop instincts told him that there was something going on below the surface. The situation was being manipulated behind the scenes by someone or something. Stan and Karl are going to have to put the puzzle pieces together to stop both the drug trade and a mob war, and discover the real scheme and who is pulling the strings.
Known Devil is the third book in the Occult Crimes Unit Investigation series. This series just keeps getting stronger and more engaging. Although it would read well as a stand-alone, I recommend starting with the first book so you do not miss any of the connections, nuances and jokes in this book.
The characters and storyline are outstanding. The main characters, human and supernatural, are like comfortable acquaintances, but still full of surprises and depth you had not seen before. You know that Det. Markowski will push the boundaries of legality and police procedure, but you are never sure just how far he will push them. You know that Karl is a young vampire, still engaged in a balancing act between his vampire nature and law enforcement calling, but are surprised by his developing skills and tight hold on his humanity. The reader gets to know the quirks (Karl’s love for all things James Bond) and personal worries (are Christine, Stan’s vampire daughter, and Karl getting a little too friendly?).
The crimes are both mundane and hard-hitting, often intertwined with a central mystery. And the author is a tricky guy. Just when you think you have got it figured out, he throws in a plausible twist or a curve in the road that takes you completely off course. Each book has introduced a new supernatural species to the mix, and this one contains a doozy. Reading this series, I feel as though I am at a feast and my hunger for fantasy, clever plots, fascinating characters easy to relate to, and a good old-fashioned dose of mystery is totally fulfilled.
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Angry Robot (January 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857661663
- ISBN-13: 978-0857661661