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Dragon Justice: Ending and Beginning
on August 28, 2012
This is the 10th Cosa Nostradamus, and 4th P.U.P.I, novel. Several of the key ongoing plot threats are brought to a conclusion in this book, and some new potential plot threads are set up to replace them. In internal chronology, this is the first PUPI book to be set after the final Retrievers book, the first three took place between, or concurrent with the Retrievers books. We get to catch up with Wren Volare, and get an almost unavoidable face-off with Ben the security wizard trying to protect a target from Wren the legendary Rertriever (he ultimately fails, of course). The plot thread of Ian Strosser's sister, which has been a main underlying plot thread from the beginning, is (apparently) wrapped up, and Wren (of all people) becomes a mentor.
For those who have never read any of Gilman's previous Cosa books, the Cosa Nostradamus is their own name for the people (using the term loosely) who can use or are magic. The Cosa is divided into three main groupings, council (the human magic users who acknowledge and fall under the control structure of the various Councils who regulate magic users), lonejack (basically all the human magic users who aren't council), and the Cosa Cousins (all the more or less non-human people)
Two human magic users, Ian Strosser (council) and Ben Venec (lonejack), start an organization they name Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations (PUPI). PUPI is not a police force, and has no affiliation with any governing or enforcement group (the the P_ and the U of the name). They hire several human magic users (referred to as Pups) in their early 20s, and train them to be a CSI for magic related crimes. They will do an investigation for anyone who asks (but they do expect payment), and present their results. Their purpose is not catch the perpetrators, or punish the guilty, just to0 determine the truth and give that to the person or persons that hired them. The viewpoint character is Bonita Torres (council) who is one of the Pups. She was introduced in the Retriever books as Wren's next door neighbor.
This being Luna (Harlequin), there is, of course, a romance plot, but Luna has always been lenient with its authors in not requiring them to make the required romance plot the main focus of the books.