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Night Shift (Jill Kismet, Hunter, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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...
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).Read more ›
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A good warm up with a couple of characters I can empathize with. Good enough for me to get #2 with the hope of learning more back story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RickG
Read it at least twice. One of my favorite series. Good stuff.Published 5 months ago by Gotta have Gear!
Having already read and loved Lilith Saintcrow’s “Dante Valentine” stories, I was super eager to tackle her next urban fantasy series. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ellen
First time reading a book by this Author and I'm left wanting more. I liked the characters and the chemistry they had, even when they hated each other. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Noel Wilson
This definitely has the premise of an action packed novel with a strong female protagonist. It's not bad and it might be because it's the first novel (though I read the entire... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alice
I liked Jill Kismet as a character. She is dark, gritty, and terribly flawed, which is the reason I liked her. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jasmine
This is actually the second time that I read this book, I have read the entire jill k series and loved all of them. Read morePublished 22 months ago by harold travis