DEAD WITCH WALKING by KIM HARRISON.
Forty years ago a genetically engineered virus killed half of the world's human population and exposed creatures of dreams and nightmares that had, until then, lived in secret alongside humanity.
Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending criminals through out modern-day Cincinnati. She is also a witch.
Used to confronting criminal vampires, dark witches and homicidal werewolves, Rachel's latest assignments - apprehending cable-stealing magic students and tax-evading leprechauns - have prompted her to break her thirty-year contract with the I.S. and start her own runner agency.
But no one quits the I.S.
Marked for death, Rachel is a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers and pay off her contract by exposing the city's most prominent citizen as a drug lord. But making an enemy of the ambiguous Trent Kalamack proves even more deadly than leaving the I.S.
...... From the outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE: I stood in the shadows of a deserted shop front across from The Blood and Brew Pub, trying not to be obvious as I tugged my black leather pants back up where they belonged.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: They were afraid, and probably for good reason. It's not easy waking up to find your neighbours are vampires and your fourth-grade teacher really was a witch.
Despite the fact that I'm beginning to wonder if the paranormal book (urban fantasy as I'm told this is classified as) has had its day, I really, really enjoyed this the first in the Rachel Morgan series.
Rachel is a witch (a not altogether competent one I hasten to add) who on leaving the Inderland Runner Services (I.S.) goes into partnership with Ivy, a (now that would be telling) and Jenks - once again I won't go into too much detail except to say that this is the first book that I have read that features this type of being as a major character.
Though the story is good with just enough action and no romance (though sexual tensions sometimes run high), it is the ironic humour, the relationship between Rachel and Ivy, and the quirky characters that really make this story a wonderful read.
Would I recommend Dead Witch Walking? Yes but with the warning that, though not laugh out loud funny, this is not a book that takes itself altogether seriously.
Sent by a friend this is ..........
The 8th book read for my 100+ Reading Challenge.