Saturday, September 10, 2011

Review : Devil's Business by Caitlin Kittredge

Black London #4 | August 30, 2011

Pete Caldecott did everything she could to save Jack from Hell, even reigning in the dark machinations of the Morrigan to help bring him home. Still, Black London has not welcomed Jack back with open arms. . . So when a friend in Los Angeles asks for help tracking a sorcerous serial killer, Pete and Jack decide a change of scenery couldn’t hurt. . .  

But the shadow side of the City of Angels turns out to be more treacherous than they ever imagined. Together, Pete and Jack must navigate a landscape teeming with hostile magic-users— and fight an unknown enemy. When their investigation leads to a confrontation with the demon Belial, Jack learns that he wasn't the only thing to escape from Hell. Now it’s up to him and Pete to track and eliminate an evil older than the Black itself—before it turns L.A. into Hell on Earth. And destroys life as they know it back at home…

Note to readers : This book contains an overabundance of foul language, crude humor, seedy environments and graphically detailed violence. You have been warned .... or quite possibly intrigued.  

It's been several months since the events surrounding Nergal and the conclusion of "Bone Gods".  

Pete and Jack are having a difficult time getting along, mostly due to Pete's silence and withdrawal from their relationship and Jack himself... the details of which are too spoilery (What? That's not a word?) to share. 

Adding to Jack's list of problems is a magical community that is out for his blood. Jack's reputation has went from bad to worse. It seems you can't endanger lives and rip apart holes in the Black without making enemies. And as a result, we see a side of Mr. Winter that is more bitter and pessimistic than usual. In fact, he can be down right depressing at times. 

He's trying to convince himself that allowing Pete to leave would be best for them both, keeping her out of harm's way and preventing him from screwing up her life anymore than he already feels that he has. Pete seems to agree and while Jack's mind is telling him that they're better off apart, his heart is having a difficult time adjusting to a new set of rules.

Which is easy to understand. Pete makes him whole. She's the only person that he's ever truly loved or cared for. 

I very much enjoyed the story being entirely from Jack's point of view as he was the usual charming and cordial Mr. Winter that I've grown to love.

"Nobody walks in L.A.," Mayhew said..

Jack followed Pete. "You should try it sometime," he said. "Your shirt landscape might get a little less hilly."

As the story continues, Pete is asked to take a job in Los Angeles. Jack invites himself along despite Pete's initial protests. He wants to temporarily escape the local residents of the Black and their looming death threats. More importantly, he wants to keep Pete safe because he suspects that his enemies will become desperate enough to try and get to him by attacking her.

Shortly after they arrive and their work begins, Hell coughs up Belial and with his appearance emerges even more complications.

There is also another character from previous installments that makes a grand reappearance and provides an interesting contribution to the stories ending that should create some interesting developments in the future. We all knew the hag wasn't going to disappear and while her part is small, it's significant. 

As you can always expect from Black London, this book was full of offensive language and brutal ass kickings. The only thing that could have improved this story was some really hot make-up sex. 

I was very disappointed to discover that there is no gettin' it on in "Devil's Business"

Maybe next time? *fingers crossed*

"Everyone is afraid of something, Jack. Even you."


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