Devil's Business

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Devil's Business

Black London

Things have gotten nasty in London. It is painfully obvious that Jack isn't welcome in town anymore and that extends to Pete as well. Jack knows that Pete is ready to leave him behind. But he isn't ready to say goodbye, not when she is so vulnerable. She decides to take a job in LA working for a private investigator that she met at a seminar a while back. He needs some help hunting a serial killer who is probably a sorcerer. Jack insists on coming along since he thinks it's a trap. But LA is even more treacherous than London. When their old friend, the demon Belial, shows up things get really sticky. Does Jack have the power to avert an ancient evil bent on turning the city into Hell on Earth?

Whoa! Devil's Business gave me chills! I always felt like England had the monopoly on creepy settings, but I was wrong, in the very best way. The setting of Los Angeles was at turns sinister, seedy, and with the prevalence of movie references by the citizens, extremely surreal. Jack and Pete's relationship is strained; so many things are unsaid between them. Jack really cares about Pete but he is so convinced that he is bad news, dead man walking, that he doesn't want her to know that he really wants to stick around. It is really a great device for Ms. Kittredge to switch perspectives from book to book. Bone Gods was from Pete's point of view so Devil's Business is a Jack book all the way and I couldn't have been happier. Jack presents a shiftless, couldn't care less attitude to the world. When you aren't in his head you can almost believe that it is true. As always, Jack, that lovely man, is cranky as always and has a hair trigger when it comes to Pete. I love watching him explode without thought for the consequences. The enemies they face this time around were seriously the stuff of nightmares. Not that previous big baddies have been fluffy kittens or anything but these guys tap into the primal, reptile part of your brain and set off all the alarms. Kudos to Ms. Kittredge for another engrossing tale!

Book Blurb for Devil's Business

Pete Caldecott did everything she could to save Jack from Hell, even reigning in the dark machinations of the Morrigan to help bring him home. Still, Black London has not welcomed Jack back with open arms. . . So when a friend in Los Angeles asks for help tracking a sorcerous serial killer, Pete and Jack decide a change of scenery couldn’t hurt. . .

But the shadow side of the City of Angels turns out to be more treacherous than they ever imagined. Together, Pete and Jack must navigate a landscape teeming with hostile magic-users— and fight an unknown enemy. When their investigation leads to a confrontation with the demon Belial, Jack learns that he wasn't the only thing to escape from Hell. Now it’s up to him and Pete to track and eliminate an evil older than the Black itself—before it turns L.A. into Hell on Earth. And destroys life as they know it back at home…

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 4.75