A Flash of Hex
by Jes Battis
Cover Artist: Timothy Lantz
Review by Paul Haggerty
Ace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441017232
Date: 26 May 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Tess Corday is a seasoned Occult Special Investigator for the Central Occult Regulations Enterprise (CORE). She's seen more horrific things than any person should have; more than most people can imagine. But even her nerves are tested when she's called to the scene of a young man who has been ritually executed and bled dry. Even worse than the crime is the knowledge that he's not the first. There's a serial killer loose in Vancouver, targeting the children of world-class mages; a killer with inhuman powers and a reason for acting that's far beyond being a simple psychopath. It's smart, inventive, thorough, beyond evil, and somehow connected with Tess's past. That's not something Tess is going to let happen in her city. From official release/information:
From back of book: As an Occult Special Investigator, Tess Corday has seen her fair share of disturbing crime scenes--but nothing has ever shocked her as much as the ritualistic murder of a drugged-out runaway kid, who she soon learns was not the first such victim.
All the dead teens had traces of the dangerous magical drug called Hex in their bodies. All were the children of powerful mage families. All were killed with the sacred tools of mages. It adds up to the chilling possibility that the OSI is dealing with a serial killer, one who has incredible inhuman powers.
To stop the slaughter, Tess and her partner, Derrick, will go anywhere and do anything--including seeking help from the necromancer Lucian Agrado, whom Tess is under orders to avoid. But as the deaths continue, Tess becomes convinced that the identity of the killer is locked inside her own head. And the question is,how many rules is she willing to break to get to the truth?