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Double Cross (The Disillusionists Book 2) by [Crane, Carolyn]
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TOP PICK; 4.5 out of 4.5 stars; "Crane's Midcity novels are full of zinging, compelling heroines and dark and dangerous heroes.  This installment is packed with tension, laughter and the perfect touch of romance!" --RT Book Reviews

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  • File Size: 749 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (September 28, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F3FJZA
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By S. Davies on September 28, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
**Possible mild spoilers from the first book in the series if you have not read it**

After reading Carolyn Crane's impressive debut Mind Games, the first book in Disillusionists Trilogy, I was eager to read Double Cross. With all the amazing titles that the urban fantasy genre has to offer these days Ms. Crane had her work cut out for her if I was to be impressed yet again. The bar has certainly been raised for what I expect in urban fantasy and Double Cross is up against some serious heavy hitters in the genre. Carolyn Crane hits it out of the park with this second installment in her Disillusionists Trilogy.

Justine Jones is doing her part to rid Midcity of dangerous `gifted' criminals by disillusioning them. She continues to work with Packard and his group of disillusionists in a effort to rehabilitate and release these criminals that the Mayor of Midcity, Otto Sanchez, has incarcerated using his Highcap abilities. Although Justine has never been a hundred percent comfortable with what she is doing, it seems like she has found a way, with the help of Packard, to manage her hypochondriac episodes and channel them into doing something positive. However with her latest case she is not so certain it's all black and white and she suspects there is a chance her target may actually be innocent. To further complicate things, a small group of serial killers, called the Dorks are picking off Highcaps one by one. Otto, Packard, Justine and the disillusionists must work together to end their reign of terror.

Justine's personal relationships are as confused as ever. Justine and Otto are both hypochondriacs who fear vein star syndrome.
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**Spoilers from book one, Mind Games**

Ezmerelda or Ez has been imprisoned in the coat check she works in for three years by the mayor of Midcity, Otto Sanchez. Once Ez touches someone, she can link to that person and invade their dreams - causing them to do violent acts (violent as in cannibalism) while sleepwalking. Now that Otto has her imprisoned behind invisible shields, she hasn't touched anyone for years. Justine Jones, who has just started dating Otto comes into the picture to disillusion Ez. Working under the highcap (someone with special powers) Sterling Packard, Justine and her fellow disillusionists strip down these criminals, until they have nothing, and then build them back up - hopefully making them better people. Justine's specialty is hypochondria, often fearing she is going to dye from a rare brain disorder. Stoking up that fear, Justine is able to "zing" her fear into the target, allowing Justine to revel in a fear-free glory hour and watch the target slowly succumb to the darkness. It is during one of these zinging sessions that Justine touches Ez, while she is also touching Packard, and now Packard and Justine are linked - and Ez will be able to invade them in their dreams until she is stopped.

Meanwhile, a group of people called "The Dorks" (Otto refuses to let criminals have cool names, coming up with a list of pre-chosen names, like hurricanes, to call criminals) have been shooting highcaps. They somehow can determine who is a highcap and who is not. Worse, they are immune to highcap powers. Justine is worried Packard or Otto who are both highcaps could be a target - but she can't decide which one she is worried more for.
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Justine Jones in Mind Games (The Disillusionists Trilogy: Book 1) left me an impression of a courageous young woman well aware of her own insanity, who becomes heroic. In the sequel, Justine is neurotic, whiny, and self-absorbed, and the author's use of the present tense serves to focus this neurosis right at the reader. She does this with long periods of emotional inner monologue and exposition. The book was extremely difficult for me to get into, and I kept reading one chapter and putting it down when my 'wallowing' tolerance became exceeded. Justine spends the majority of the book on the sidelines, making moral judgments. I'd have found this easier to get through if she did something about her morality, but she dithers.

Action happens, though Justine is an enabler who watches and reacts, as opposed to a direct participant. She doesn't embrace her disillusionism; I think maybe she did six zings in the whole book. Speaking of disillusionism, it is what fascinated me with the series in the beginning. In Double Cross, it is not developed much further. The focus in on Packard vs. Otto, relationship wise. But Carolyn Crane *already* did that in book one. Rehashing this emotional indecision for an entire second novel bored me, up until the end, where the Double Cross cliffhangered and partially redeemed itself. If I was invested in Justine as a character, it is the type of cliffhanger I'd hate, but instead I was happy the novel was over (never a good sign).

While I disliked the entire middle of the book, I still intend to purchase the last volume of the trilogy. It was an 'OK' book. I think I wanted to like it much more than I actually liked it. For book three, I want to know more about energy dimensions and I want to know about the huge unaddressed loose end involving EZ.
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