"Cop and conjurer of demons, she's a woman in danger of losing control—to a power that could kill....
Why me? Why now? That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives—and souls—of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he’s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.
Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head... " -Book Cover
Kara is working on her very first homicide investigation, it's not a usual case, but Kara isn't a usual inspector either. Her town is the victim of a serial killer. Everyone thinks he is a lunatic satanist, but she knows better. The murderer is using the Arcane - a magical energy used to summon demons and friends. Gillian is leading her investigation by 2 fronts: Forensic and Arcane, unfortunately she can't share the latter aspect if she doesn't want everyone to think she's crazy and remove her from the case.
This book is a perfect mix of CSI and UF, and both aspect of the book get the credit they deserve. Let me explain =) While I'm not an inspector, I've been to autopsies before, and I was pleased to see that most of the description was fairly accurate, and the intrigue for the culprit was a secret until the very end, I never saw the blow coming. On the Fantasy side, Diana created a very believable world, with good descriptions of the summonings, creatures and the Arcane altogether.
If I had to point one not-so-good aspect, I'd go with the sex scenes description. There's only 2-3 of those, they aren't a big deal really, but I was disappointed in them. You know they happened, but they happen so quick, you barely get a rough description and it's over.
Overall, Rowland did a great job in her first novel, a very interesting bland of CSI and UF, the end was very exciting and I find myself wondering how everything will wrap-up in the second installment.
Kara Gillian series:
Mark of the Demon
Blood of the Demon
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Éditeur: Bantam (Jui 23 2009)
Book Source: Personnal Shelf