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The Scent of Shadows: The First Sign of the Zodiac by Vicki Pettersson
Review by Gayle Surrette
Avon Mass Market  ISBN/ITEM#: 0060898917
Date: 01 March, 2007 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

What would you do if one day your life was turned upside down? If you found out that there was a battle between the light and the dark and that battle required your help? What if those superhero comics weren't just comics but reportage on the fight between light and dark? Could you cope? Would you check yourself into a mental health clinic and hope somehow they could save your mind? Joanna Archer is faced with just these facts along with her father disowning her, her sister being killed in front of her, and having an old flame walk into her life again. How she deals with this makes for an exciting adventure…

From official release/information:

From publicity material: Joanna Archer knows about darkness. Raped at 16, she's spent the past nine years keeping an eye on the dark side of humanity. By day she's an heiress, and a photographer in Las Vegas. By night she prowls the forsaken streets looking for revenge...and the chance to exorcise the demon within.

Until a chance date turned horrific reveals a world beyond the bright lights and beg-time action of Vegas - an otherworld filled with supernatural forces where Light and Dark war with each other. Only the brave members of the Zodiac - twelve men and women endowed with magical abilities - can keep evil at bay. And with a mysterious legacy from her mother and preternatural fighting skills, Joanna could be one of them...if she lives long enough.

(Source: Avon)

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