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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316001783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316001786
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Lilith Saintcrow: 'A brave, charismatic protagonist with a smart mouth and a suicidal streak. What's not to love? [A] dark, evocative debut,' Publishers Weekly, 'A strong engaging voice' SFX, 'Dark fantasy has a new heroine ... an enjoyable, gripping adventure' SFX, 'Saintcrow knows how to keep the pages turning' Starburst --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA.

More About the Author

Lilith Saintcrow lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her two children and assorted other strays. She has been writing since she was nine years old. Find her on the web at www.lilithsaintcrow.com.

Customer Reviews

Overall, I found the story to be very entertaining.
Lisa
I just couldn't come around on Jill, and since she's the main character and the narrator, that made it really hard to enjoy reading the book.
BlueFairy
At one point she even says `I'm getting really tired of bleeding.'
A. Chippindall-higgin

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lisa VINE VOICE on July 14, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jill Kismet is a Hunter with a Hellbreed mark. She is a former prostitute pulled from the streets by her deceased mentor and lover Mikhail. She polices the Nightside, fighting demons that cross over from Hell. In this new series by Lilith Saintcrow we have many similarities to Dante (Danny) Valentine. Jill has a mark same as Danny. She uses a whip instead of sword. Her silver charms in her hair tinkle and the ruby at her throat sparks whenever danger approaches, much like the sparking tattoo on Danny' face. However, I found this book much easier to read. Jill is tough like Danny and not quite human. She meets Saul who is a were cougar and works with the FBI. Saul is helping track a rogue were. A were is needed to track rogues but are not good against hellbreed. A hunter tracks hellbreed but are not good up against rogues. Overall, I found the story to be very entertaining. It had non-stop action and a little romance. Hopefully, this romance won't go the same way Danny and Japh went. The next book is in my wish list. I liked this new series very much and if you liked the Dante Valentine series I think you will like this one also.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By T. Fleming on June 24, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lilith Saintcrow has crafted another hit series with the debut of Night Shift.

Determined, yet slightly vulnerable, hellspawn hunter Jill Kismet, works with Were-cat FBI agents to hunt a rogue Were and the hellspawn that is involved in several gruesome murders.

Saintcrow crafts depth in her heroine showing her to be a damaged, but determined woman who keeps going and going long after anyone else would have given up. Kismet's personality quirk provides comic relief as she flings bad jokes and puns with a "Get it? Arf, arf," after each one. The protagonist is instantly sympathetic through Saintcrow's smooth use of flashbacks providing the back-story necessary to understand how Kismet became a hunter.

Interesting characters are peppered throughout the story allowing Saintcrow a colorful palette of people from which to choose to focus on as the series continues. Dominic and Harper, two Were-FBI friends, bring Saul, hunky country Were, when they journey to St. Luz to investigate the murderous rampage. Through flashbacks, Kismet's deceased teacher, Mikhail Tolstoi is introduced. The reader also meets Pericles (hellspawn Kismet is indebted to), Galina (the local Sanctuary leader), a plethora of human police and forensic agents, as well as exorcists Avery, Eva, Benito, and Wallace.

Lyrical language and movie-worthy fight scenes are staples in Saintcrow's novels, and this one is no exception. In Night Shift, Saincrow's usual beautiful language is complemented with almost Chandleresque noir phrases: "No matter how tired I am, dusk always wakes me up like six shots of espresso and a bullet whizzing past" (47). Her fight scenes contain blood spatters that hang in the air and a billowing coat that snap out parachute-like when Kismet jumps from roofs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read the book start to finish in four days. And I got really disappointed with the romance plot so I decided to write about it to vent my frustration.

If the romance plot were taken out of the book, nothing would be lost. If Jill's romantic other were to have not been written the main plot wouldn't have changed at all. It's as if the book was finished then one character and a few scenes were written in. Plus I have no idea why she likes the guy, she never said beyond he smells nice to her enhanced sense of smell. Nothing about liking his behavior, his appearance, or anything about his character. Far as I can read she's an independent woman and he comes along to run her life with no discussion, he tells her what to do. I can't remember him asking her anything besides "you okay?". Eighty percent of her reactions to him are negative, he crowds her, he forces and assumes things. Also, when he's not around there is only once section where she thinks about him, out of sight out of mind. I don't like the character and I don't think Saintcrow developed him at all.

I'm on the fence about checking out the next book. Maybe if I'm bored enough...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judah on September 10, 2008
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Saintcrow has been so-so for me, but until this point, she's been interesting. Enter Jill Kismet, former prostitute (who killed her pimp). Now a career hunter of the hellbreed as misguided atonement for breaking 'Thou Shalt Not Kill.'

Jill's mentor/lover recently died, and she's thrown herself into her work as an outlet. The novel opens when in the middle of a takedown scene, where Jill hasn't slept for three days. Instead Jill has chosen to obsessively hunt evil and not think. Her pager vibrates. Some new flavor of hellbreed she doesn't know a thing about has killed five cops, and Jill decides it's her newest crusade to kill it back.

Now, backing up for a bit, Saintcrow never actually explains how the hellbreed, were-creatures, and nightlife fit into her modern world. Around page 171, I began to wonder 'If these demons are so damn powerful, why exactly aren't they ruling the world?' To that question, I never found a good answer.

So anyway, in looking for clues, Jill goes on an indiscriminate rampage, killing every hell-breed she can find (not sure if they just return to hell and re-manifest in another shell, or if they are 'mortal' demons). She also takes out a few dozen 'traders,' normal humans who make deals with the hellbreed in exchange for their twisted desires. I guess Jill has a license to kill, because nothing happens excepts she bites off more than she can chew.

On this rampage, she meets a really, really strong hellbreed, and is rescued by the local hell-boss (Perry/Percival), who she's got a deal with. (And what a deal, a good 50 pages are devoted to her being emo about how she is essentially a 'trader' herself).
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