Unfallen Dead (Connor Grey, Book 3)
by Mark Del Franco
Cover Artist: Jaime DeJesus
Review by Beth Slater
Ace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441016891
Date: 27 January 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Return to the Weird with Connor Grey, a Druid whose powers were diminished years ago, but what's left has taken a turn for the weird. Connor works as a consultant with the Boston PD on cases that overlap with the supernatural but that the Guild won't handle. And lately there has been a rise in crime as it seems that the veil between worlds may once again lift, allowing the Fae to return to their world. But for once, Connor's interest in his income isn't his primary concern – not when the Queen of Faerie is summoning him, repeatedly, to interrogate him concerning recent events that almost resulted in the end of the worlds.
Connor doesn't remember what happened; something that seems to be a recurring theme for him, unfortunately, but that answer doesn't seem to be satisfactory for Queen Maeve. And she's sent a persistent emissary to question him, Ceridwen, with whom there is a mutual distrust. To add to Connor's discomfort his former Guild partner from New York, Dylan, has shown up and brought with him memories that Connor has kept deliberately buried for years.
Trying to keep his personal life from interfering in his professional life, Connor investigates a series of murders that have Druidic symbols involved, which continue to elude his sketchy memories. This brings forth yet another aspect of his life he'd rather not uncover, especially not now, but it would appear that the universe has united against him in this case. Literally.
When I picked up the first book in this series I was looking for another Harry Dresden, and I was slightly disappointed – but I should have been. I enjoyed Connor and his story, and his world, and I didn't need another Dresden. I've appreciated the character growth and development through the series that del Franco has brought in and created, and I can see my quick-fix mentality for what it was and how it jaded my perspective.
This has been described as urban fantasy, which I have to admit my reception of so far has been half and half – some I like, some I don't. I like where this one is going, it's incorporation of history and Fae interpretation, and frankly – I'm a librarian, and well, Connor's got a thing for the archivist…