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Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison
Review by Gayle Surrette
HarperTorch Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 006057299X
Date: 28 June, 2005 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Harrison fleshes out her world even more. In the process of reading the story you get a feel for the totality of the environment. Thoughtful touches include hibernation sickness that effects pixies who like warm weather and hibernate in the cold, caps for vampire teeth so they can be 'safe' to attend mixed events, music with vampire tracks that humans can't hear. It all makes the world believable and complex.

Then there is the mystery. Who is moving in and killing residents of the homeless shelters? Who is taking over the crime vacancy left vacant by Piscary's arrest and imprisonment? While on a "date" to provide cover for a friend (Kristen) as he visits a gambling boat Rachel checks out the security and meets and interesting man. On a second visit, she and Kristen barely escape with their lives. Now she has to solve the mystery and purchase her solstice gifts, make up with Jenks, and get rid of the demon trying to pull her into the ever-after.

The trick is to do all this without loosing her partners and her friends. Life isn't easy for Rachel, but then it never is if you really care not only for the people in your life but for the ones you don't know personally. Rachel makes a lot of discoveries about herself and finds she needs to understand Rachel before she can fix the world of its ills.

If you've liked her other books you'll love this one. If you haven't read the previous books, what are you waiting for? Start with Dead Witch Walking.


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