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Working for the Devil (The Dante Valentine Novels)

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Tough-as-nails necromancer Dante Valentine has a problem: the devil wants her to catch a rogue demon and, for the duration of the task, she must be accompanied by a demon assassin named Japhrimel. If she refuses, she dies; if she accepts, she'll likely die in the process. Dante decides to take her chances with the latter, but her hunt doesn't get into full swing until the book's final third. Instead, she pauses to take a ride on a "slicboard" (a skateboard that glides on air), to wrestle cryptic information from an assortment of nonhuman and magical people and to argue with everyone from Japhrimel to her fellow necromancer friend, Gabe. Though Dante is as prickly as a wet cat and frustratingly adamant about maintaining her loner status, she's a brave, charismatic protagonist with a smart mouth and a suicidal streak. What's not to love? Fans of Laurel K. Hamilton should warm to Saintcrow's dark, evocative debut, though the story's weak relationship thread may disappoint aficionados of the paranormal romance veterans Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon. (Mar.)
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"Combines dark urban fantasy with a splash of cyberpunk, a pinch of paranormal romance. . -- ---Jacqueline Carey, author of Kushiel’s Avatar

"I have to say this book just blew me away. I ate it up! I loved, loved, LOVED the book." -- ---Gena Showalter, author of Awaken Me Darkly

"Pure fantasy and fun. . . a fantastic escape. I enjoyed it tremendously." -- --- Heather Graham, New York Times Bestselling author

"Working for the Devil works for me! This is one great read." -- ---Susan Sizemore, author of I Burn For You --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Dante Valentine Novels
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356500780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356500782
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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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

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By MooncatX aka Bliss Crimson VINE VOICE on March 22, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Warning, a few spoilers, but I try not to reveal particular details.

Okay, I just read "Working for the Devil" by Lilith Saintcrow. I almost didn't, because the author's pen name seemed a bit to obvious and overdone, and that didn't inspire great expectations for the writing. The main character also had a pretty obvious name, Dante Valentine, and my expectations kept dropping... oh my, I thought, it's going to be gooey and predictable and sort of sponge cake romance. Which only proves the adage "Don't judge a book by it's cover." or by overly mary-sue type names.

I really, REALLY, liked this book. It starts off pretty interesting, and gets KICK ASS fairly quickly. It does however have a rather dark and mixed 'win/lose' ending. And I really REALLY liked the main character, Dante "Danny" Valentine - and there is a good excuse for her name.

The world the story is set in was pleasantly unique and sort of spell-punk, near future, dark fantasy. It's where you can watch Indiana Jones on a holovid, and Necromances are a rare type of Psionic human, and those who have psionic powers are both known, and regulated. Demons can and do walk among humans, and in Dante's case, show up on her doorstep and invite her to go to Hell at gunpoint, so that the big boss can have a talk with her.

Dante is a Necromance for hire, and doing what she can to pay off her house mortgage by taking on Bounty Hunter work on the side. Her current client is Lucifer, who gives her a case she really can't refuse. Hunt down and kill a rogue demon whose escaped from Hell, and retrieve a certain item the rogue demon stole from hell. The rogue is someone Dante met before, a serial killer who almost killed her once, and did murder someone very close to Dante.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Houser VINE VOICE on May 29, 2006
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Dante Valentine is a Necromance. She can raise the dead. Too bad for her that she cannot sense when a minion of Hell is standing on her doorstep. Dante receives a knock on her door from Japhrimel, Satan's chief assassin. He has a message for Ms. Valentine: She is coming with him, His Most Evilness wishes to speak with her. Wondering what she could possibly have done to turn up on Lucifer's radar. Japhrimel takes Dante to Lucifer. Lucifer, it turns out, wants to conduct a little business. A particularly nasty demon escaped from Hell. Dante has been recruited to slay this demon. Refuse and she dies. Take on the assignment and she probably won't live. These are Dante's choices.

Dante accepts the challenge and is given Japhrimel as a familiar. Together, they must figure out how to kill a demon that Lucifer himself could not kill.

This book is one of the most perfect examples of don't judge a book by its cover. The cover art for this book is total cheese. It's cheese with a side order of cheese. This is unfortunate, because the novel is quite good. The cover art almost kept me away from it though. I do believe there is a direct link between the quality of a novel and the quality of the cover art, but I digress.

Dante is a very interesting character. I am not sure why Lilith Saintcrow chose to use the grammatically incorrect term "necromance" instead of "necromancer" but whatever. The plot moved along well. The dialogue was shakey in certain parts, but by the end of the novel, the author was definitely improving. The plot was interesting. I can't wait to see what the author does with the next installment in this series.

I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great new supernatural suspense series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yolanda on April 29, 2006
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This book hooked me in from the very beginning. From page one I wanted to keep reading, and reading so I could find out what would happen next. And there was absolutely nothing predictable about Danny or the world she lives in.

There are necromances, hedgewitches, healers, shamans, demons and even the Devil himself! Honestly, this paranormal world of the future was outstanding in description and the way it functioned. Danny Valentine is a necromance with outstanding power. One rainy afternoon she gets an unexpected visit from a demon called Japhrimel, claiming Lucifer wants to see her. He's got a job for her, one she has no choice but to take - she needs to kill a demon called Santino and retrieve something the Devil calls the Egg.

The adventure is great and Danny's past intriguing! I enjoyed every minute of it and loved all the wonderful characters introduced in this book. I truly can't wait to see what happens next in this series... absolutely awesome!

If you're looking for a terrific book with a tough heroine, terrific cast and interesting quest -- you have to check this one out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 2, 2009
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I really wanted to love this book and to finish it in a few days. I like fast paced adventure fantasy that puts me on the edge of my seat. The occult theme is a HUGE plus. But it's just not that kind of book. It's not the kind of book you put down and never pick back up, but it's likely not a book you're going to pick up and not be able to put down either. This is what I'd call an intellectual slow read. Meaning -- if you're looking for mere brain candy (which sometimes I am, sometimes not), these books are not it. Instead, this is urban fantasy that makes you think. The world is rich, the writing tight, the plot interesting and intriguing. The charcters are complex and fascinating. I have to hand it to Ms. Saintcrow in that she definitely has written a worthwhile series. It's just not the kind of book I'm going to pick up for fun. This is a novel I'll read a little here, a little there, and maybe more later. Haven't decided if I'm picking up book two or not yet.
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