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Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets... and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he's an angel, but that doesn't make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he's been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul - Katherine "Kit" Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped.

Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder - and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie.

Joining forces, Kit and Grif's search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn't Grif's biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife....

©2012 Vicki Pettersson (P)2012 HarperCollins Publisher

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Unique and Entrancing

Would you listen to The Taken again? Why?

The two protagonists remind me of Hepburn and Tracy, the mystery is dark and compelling, and the payoff is fantastic!

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If you like film noir, you'll love this book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, but only if my friend really loved the whole 50's culture.

If you’ve listened to books by Vicki Pettersson before, how does this one compare?

I've read the other series Ms. Pettersson wrote, and gave her points for both the kitsch and the underlying 'anything is possible so let's go as far out as possible' philosophy. In this book, I took the points away because I am not a fan of Rockabilliy culture. I got it. I just didn't like it. I wonder what the characters would have done if they weren't written to respond like 50's stereotypes.

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Fifty points for Plot Originality. Minus forty points for the Rockabilly culture. Boo. Hiss.

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