Lieutenant Lacey Anderson of the Dallas Police Department heads up an elite new squad dedicated to solving crimes involving immortals like herself. Lacey, a vampire left for dead when her family was slaughtered by werewolves, still has nightmares about the attack.
Detective Colton Scarber is her unwilling partner and second-in-command. He's a werewolf, a descendant of those who killed Lacey's coven. She's unaware of this, but she doesn't trust him from the start. When the fragile beginning of the team is threatened by the truth, can they learn to trust one another as partners must, or will the Undead Unit be doomed to failure?
A mysterious suspect and strange physical evidence leads them to solve a case spanning decades, and leaves Lacey with no other choice but to rely on her enemy when her very life is at stake!
©2015 Marguerite Madden (P)2016 Marguerite Madden
Imagine a world about 100 years in the future, where cars drive themselves, technology is more advanced, but all in all, its recognizable. Oh, did I forget to mention that supernatural cratures, like Werewolves and Vampires, among a host of others, are now out in the open and are accepted members of society? Thats where the story begins in Dallas, as vampire detective Lacey Anderson is put in charge of the newly formed Undead Squad, formed to deal with strictly supernatural crimes. She is partnered with Colton Scarber, an irracible Werewolf. This is an uneasy parnership, since Vamps and Wolves dont really care for each other generally. Also, Colton's pack was involved with an earlier incident in Lacey's life that has left her traumatized still. They immediately pick up a case where a woman has been assaulted by a supernatural. So begins a wild ride of a book that reads like a hard boiled police procedural, only with Supernatural creatures! The search for the culprit takes all their skills and knowledge, including something Lacey saw 500 years ago, and leads to a thrilling conclusion! Along the way, Lacey and Colton have to face their shared past and find a way to deal with it while working as an effective team. All in all, extremely well done!
The plotting and pacing were excellent, and you can tell the author has either researched extensively or has a Law enforcement background. Having such long lived characters also allows for interesting flashbacks, and the settings, from renaissance era Greece to future era Dallas are well drawn out. I really enjoyed the byplay between the two main characters as they each learned each others strangths and how they complimented their own.
As far as narration, Sallie Downing did a fine job bringing the various characters to life. She gave them each their won voice, even minor characters, and her pacing was excellent.
I give this book my highest recommendation, and it should please both urban fantasy fans and even fans of stuff like the Harry Bosch books.
I was voluntarily given a copy of this book by the Author, narrator or publisher free of charge through Audiobookboom.
I usually don't read police procedurals. But that isn't what I don't like about this book. The powers that be decide a special unit needs to be created to handle cases that involve the undead. Why it's necessary I don't know considering this new unit includes only vampire Lacey and her werewolf partner Colton. From the beginning of their union, Colton makes snarky remarks and resents having to work as an underling to a woman. Colton's personality and the reasons for his actions are well developed. That can't be said about Lacey. 500 years ago werewolves killed her clan and Lacey still hasn't gotten over it. The reader is constantly reminded of this throughout the story and is subjected to flashbacks of the original attack. Lacey spends most of the time with Colton almost cowering to his prickly personality because of her fear of werewolves. Then she might have a sporadic outburst to assert herself as Colton's supervisor. That kills it for me. Lacey is 500 years old and is supposedly a powerful vampire. But, yet, she is afraid of one werewolf. I can't buy into the story. I have little respect for Lacey as a cop, a werewolf or a woman. The paranormal world created here is unrealistic and not well developed. I also don't see the need of setting the story in the future and not taking advantage of creating any new kind of future technology. I won't be getting the next book in this series.
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