Saturday, September 15, 2012
This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova
This was a fun excursion of the paranormal, urban fantasy sort. Clever world, where the supernaturals and humans coexist relatively peacefully. And though the vampires are heavy into the legal system, the werewolves are in the military, and the elves are into the glamorous parts of life, humans still have their say. Of course, those with loyalty to a particular branch of supers are rewarded in their careers and personal lives, some even being "turned'. But in this world, only males can be turned, it is taboo to bite a female.
We see this world from the life of Linnet Ellory, top of her class in law school, and who was fostered in a vampire household. She enters a prominent White Fang firm, and runs into all sorts of problems. Her colleague is killed in the office by a werewolf on the rampage, she inherits the dead end case he'd been on, and begins to be knocked around by all sorts of events.
Phillipa Bornikova has created a great world, fabulous characters, and plausible plot twists and turns, plus some great references and Easter eggs. I get the feeling we'll see Linnet et al again, which is fine by me. I also re-entered the world of horse training (though at a much more elite level than I participated) but that was a wonderful bonus.
The book's called This Case is Gonna Kill Me, but the book won't. In fact it will probably suck you in (ha!) to this genre of great female characters in a paranormal world.
Thanks to Tor Books for sending this along for me to read.