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Night Child by Jes Battis
Cover Artist: Timothy Lantz
Review by Gayle Surrette
Ace Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441016020
Date: 27 May 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Tess Corday and her partner Derrick Siegel have been called to a mystical crime scene. The Medical Examiner is on the scene along with the rest of the Central Occult Regulations Enterprise (CORE) forensic team of Vancouver. The problem is a dead vampire, well dead for the final time anyway. Second problem is there's no forensic evidence to be found other than what the body can tell them. It's murder and Tess and Derrick have been assigned the case. This time Tess has to work it by the book or she may find herself out of CORE and ex-CORE employees don't seem to last very long once they leave the company. Can she solve a case by the book? How hard can it be?

From official release/information:

From Author's website: What would a vampire courtroom look like? How do you test a demon's DNA? Tess Corday answers these questions as an OSI (Occult Special Investigator) working in the city of Vancouver. Using a mixture of cutting-edge forensics technology and old-fashioned magic, Tess solves all manner of violent crimes within the supernatural community. If someone unlawfully kills a goblin or a warlock (and there are plenty in the seedier districts of town), she gets the call. But when a routine murder investigation leads Tess to a thirteen-year-old girl named Mia Polanski, her life is plunged into chaos. Mia is trapped in the middle of a turf-war between vampires and necromancers, and as she struggles to protect the innocent girl, Tess finds herself getting closer each second to a conspiracy that could rock the mystical world. All she has to do is stay alive. But first she needs to unravel the mystery of the NIGHT CHILD.

(Source: Ace)

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