(Jill Kismet, #3)

Some cases are unusual - even for Jill Kismet.

When her police contact asks her to look into a "suicide", she suddenly finds herself in a labyrinth of deception, drugs, murder -- and all-too-human corruption. The cops are her allies, except for the ones who want her dead. The hellbreed are her targets, except for the ones who might know what's going on. Her city is in danger, time is running out, and each lead only draws her deeper.

How far will a hunter go when her city -- and her friends -- are on the line?

Just far enough.

Step into Redemption Alley...

I enjoyed this one quite a bit - the story was interesting and multi-layered. Jill is asked by a cop and personal friend to look into something that at first doesn't seem to be her kind of thing. As a favor, she digs into it, as in the same day seems other nightmares come into play.

I think the story works well because the mystery is more complex, richer, and tied into all sorts of villains and things. It was interesting to see a returning villain having something to do with it - there was a neat twist there. It digs a little deeper into the Sorrows, which sound mighty nasty. Besides that you run into corrupt police officers, conspiracies, and even someone trying to kill Jill herself.

Jill isn't my favorite character. I understand she has to be tough and brutal in her profession, but some of her actions are a little arrogant. I get that she's tough because of her hellbreed mark, but the author goes overboard with having her almost die in this book - seriously, at least three times.

There is very little Saul since he's away visiting his sick mother, and Perry is hardly in the book either since party of their relationship changing last book. I like Saul's weres that are left behind to back her up, and the were angle was interesting.

There's plenty of violence, bloody gore, killing, action scenes, and tight knit pacing. I don't care for Saintcrow's dialogue or language but she writes well and I enjoy her stuff. As far as the mystery tales go, this has the best one so far.

   Book Quotes:

“I had to settle for two of the most inadequate words in the English language, words to pale to express what I needed to say. "Thank you.”

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