Night Shift Paperback
Part of the Jill Kismet series
Jill Kismet is a dealer in dark things and demon slayer, and it's her job to patrol the nightside. In the cold pre-dawn, Jill is called in to assess the aftermath of a particularly savage cop-killing.
Under the haunted eyes of the forensic techs, Jill picks up the stench of hellbreed and something else - something dangerous and tainted.
But this makes no sense as hellbreed always work alone, distrusted even by their own kind. Jill's a Hunter, trained by the best, but she's in over her head.
Welcome to the night shift ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 03/07/2008
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781841497068
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Review by lewispike
This is the first of Lilith Saintcrow's books I've read and I've got to say I'm impressed.She establishes, quickly and efficiently, a world like ours but a bit different - Hellbreed (demons) wander around and make deals with Traders (stupid humans) for their souls. Exorcists are licensed and the police station has an extra layer of holding cells for the possessed. Many kinds of were are around too.Balancing between all of this and normal world is Jill Kismet, a hunter - a trained human who keeps the Hellbreed in check. She helps the police, protects the human world from the things that go bump in the night. So far this could be a slight twist on any of a range of urban fantasy stories. But this reads more like gory horror than fantasy - there are numerous really quite unpleasant crime scenes for example. And Jill has a sort of secret: she's made a deal with the local chief of the Hellbreed: she's not sold her soul but he keeps trying to get her to damn herself she has to keep her wits about her to stop it - even in middle of the climactic fight scene.The fight scenes could be somewhat better but they're not what really drives this book which is a mixture between Jill's memories and regrets about how she got here, the sparring with Pericles to get information without selling her soul, and the combination of investigating the crime and protecting "her city" the best she can. It works nicely and I'm looking forward to book 2 in the series next week.