The Night Beat (Necropolis Enforcement Files #1)
by Gini Koch
What is it about:
The majority of Prosaic City’s residents don’t know that their town exists on top of another place -- Necropolis, City of the Undead. For the most part, the two planes of existence manage to remain separate. And when they don’t, Necropolis Enforcement has beings in place to ensure the general human population remains blithely clueless.
Victoria Wolfe is more than just a policewoman. She’s an undercover werewolf assigned by Necropolis Enforcement to work Prosaic City Police’s Night Beat. Victoria’s comfortable working the shift where all the weird comes out to play, especially since her partner is also her perfect man. Or would be, if Victoria could ever work up the nerve to tell him she isn’t like other girls.
It’s hard enough being a werewolf in disguise, but when a creature from the Depths of Hell shows up in an alley preferred by junkies, bums, and hookers, it’s going to take more than just Victoria’s special gun and werewolf skills to subdue the ancient Sumerian demon. Especially when the demon is merely the start of what appears to be a major takeover attempt by the Prince of Darkness.
Soon all of Necropolis Enforcement’s Undead Brigade is involved in the fight to stop the Prince’s Major Minions from taking over Prosaic City and the rest of the human plane. But it’s Victoria who has to face the Adversary and figure out what intricate plan Lucifer has up his wings before everyone she cares about is destroyed.
In other words, it’s just another day on the Night Beat.
What did I think of it:
Gini Koch did it again!
She delivers a fun story, full of intrigue, action and wacky situations. The Night Beat has the same kind of humor that makes Koch's Katherine "Kitty" Katt series so much fun to read, but Victoria is in no way a Kitty clone: she sure manages to stand on her own.
The world building is both fun and interesting. I love how Koch made famous people throughout history and literature show up up among the citizens of Necropolis. Some, like H.P. Lovecraft, I recognized immediately, with others it took me a while. It kept me guessing who Victoria might run into next.
The story is complex and keeps you guessing as well. There are some twists and turns and the bad guys sure know how to use misdirection to throw the heroes off track. I had to keep paying attention to understand what was going on.
All in all this is a very enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book in this series.
Why should you read it:
It's a fun Paranormal read and it has H.P.Lovecraft as a minor character!
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