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Night Life (Nocturne City, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 4, 2008

3.3 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Nocturne City Series

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Editorial Reviews


“Dark and cutting edge” ―Romantic Times

“I loved the mystery and the smart, gutsy heroine.” ―Karen Chance, New York Times bestselling author of Claimed by Shadow

“Don't go to bed with this book--it will keep you up all night. It's that good.” ―Lilith Saintcrow, national bestselling author of Working for the Devil

“Luna is tough, smart, and fierce, hiding a conflicted and insecure nature behind her drive for justice and independence, without falling into cliché. It's also just a lot of fun to read.” ―Kat Richardson

“Fast-paced, sexy and witty with many more interesting characters than I have time to mention. I'm looking forward to reading more stories in the exciting Nocturne City series.” ―Fresh Fiction

“Wow, I am still thinking about this book. The last time I reacted to a book this way, it was the first Mercy Thompson book by Patricia Briggs. If you are looking for a book that seamlessly blends a police procedural with a paranormal, go out and get this book” ―Night Owl Reviews

“A tense, gritty urban fantasy that grips the audience from the onset.” ―The Mystery Gazette

“Night Life dives right into the action, and carried me along for the ride…If the following books are written with the same care and interest as Night Life, they will be a welcome addition to this fantasy genre.” ―Arm Chair Interviews

From the Back Cover

The first book a thrilling, addictive new series by a talented new voice in dark fantasy. Welcome to Nocturne City, where werewolves, black magicians, and witches prowl the streets at night

Among them is Luna Wilder, a tough-as-nails police officer whose job is to keep the peace. As an Insoli werewolf, Luna travels without a pack and must rely on instinct alone. And she's just been assigned to find the ruthless killer behind a string of ritualistic murders―a killer with ties to an escaped demon found only in legend…until now.

But when she investigates prime suspect Dmitri Sandovsky, she can't resist his wolfish charms. Pack leader of a dangerous clan of Redbacks, Dimitri sends her animal instincts into overdrive and threatens her fiercely-guarded independence. But Luna and Dimiri will need to rely on each other as they're plunged into an ancient demon underworld and pitted against an expert black magician with the power to enslave them for eternity…

"I loved the mystery and the smart, gutsy heroine."―Karen Chance, New York Times bestselling author of Claimed by Shadow

"Don't go to bed with this book―it will keep you up all night. It's that good."―Lilith Saintcrow, national bestselling author of Working for the Devil
"Dark and cutting edge" ―Romantic Times


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312948298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312948290
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It starts out like an old Anita Blake novel: there's a supernatural serial killer on the lose and it's apparently up to a lonely in-the-closet werewolf named Luna, using only her PI skills and "tough as nails" attitude to bring him in.
But the plot isn't nearly as entertaining as it sounds and it quickly becomes convoluted. And unfortunately, none of the characters make up for it, either. Luna's a total b*tch, (not in a good way), and I found it really hard to believe that she was supposed to be some sort of hotshot homicide detective. Luna basically just bumbles around all day, occasionally bullies people, even tries to make an arrest at one point---with no warrant, gun, or badge, (apparently she'd forgotten she was fired, i guess). I know it's fiction, alternate reality or whatever, and it's not like i wanted to read about Luna doing paper work all day, but a little credibility wouldnt have hurt.
And then there's the grieving "russian" alpha werewolf Dimitri, Luna's love interest; a former pimp turned drug dealer prone to temper tantrums. He spends his days smoking pot while he squats in a filthy abandoned movie theater with the rest of his crew. Also, (spoiler alert!), he's into beastiality. You'd think with all those labels the poor guy would manage to have a personality, right? But he doesn't.
I often found myself contemplaiting the author's picture at the back of the book; is she still in high school or something? It would explain a lot...
I also feel like i should mention that i checked out the sequel, (Pure Blood), from my local library. Thought maybe i'd give it another try, (it's actually the only reason i forced myself to finish this book), but it was just more of the same. So head's up: If you liked this book, you'll love the sequel...
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This book was terribly disappointing. The main character is a werewolf and werewolves are definitely supposed to be aggressive. But where does it say that being a werewolf gives you the excuse to be a complete and utter [...]? There is a difference between being a "tough-as-nails" heroine and just being rude/emotionally unstable. Luna was sadly the latter.

My other main problem was the police work. While the fantasy genre naturally requires some suspension of belief, I still expect some continuity. Luna is just all over the place, barging into things like a moron. Some people probably enjoy this ability for a character to get herself into constant trouble. Personally, I think it just makes her an idiot. If Luna was written as a vigilante, I would totally roll with it.

On a final note, the emotional growth of the character seems extremely forced throughout the whole book but particularly on the last few pages. I never got into the romantic subplot, since I never grew to like the main character, and maybe that accounts for my apathy... but somehow I doubt it.
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I call it the Anita Blake Effect -- a supposedly tough and powerful heroine who just ends up being dumb, bratty, whiny, selfish and violent.

Unfortunately that effect is in full force in Caitlin Kittredge's debut "Night Life," a cheesy little urban fantasy that manages to be convoluted and simplistic at the same time. The biggest problem is the protagonist Luna, a truly repulsive character in a cast of nasty rotten people -- she's one of those charming supernatural "heroines" you would chew your own leg off to escape, since she's only interested in her own woes, sex, and bitterness.

Luna (cheesy) is both a cop and a werewolf in the bleak Nocturne City (cheeeeesy) is called in to investigate a brutally murdered hooker... who is also a Redback werewolf. Her investigation takes her to the Redback alpha/pimp Dmitri, but she finds that she just doesn't believe that the best suspect is actually the guilty party... yeah, she basically lets him go because he's hot. And when another hooker is found brutally murdered, they have a suspect: Stephen Duncan, a poor little rich boy who was having sex with both women.

But of course, Luna just KNOWS that Stephen isn't the bad guy. In defiance of her superiors -- and Stephen's megarich father -- she and Dmitri start investigating who really murdered the women. Unfortunately they have a new supernatural enemy, a mysterious witch that left a strange mark on Luna. All these factors tie in with a strange, ancient demon named Meggoth... who might be about to make a reappearance. Cue spooky music.

Taken by itself, "Night Life" is a mediocre urban fantasy -- serial killings, cop friction, really bad detective work, a miserable and seedy city with werewolves and witches running around.
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This book was bad. The more I think about it the more I believe it has no redeeming qualities.

The detective work in this book is shoddy and unbelievable. At one point she is under suspension without pay. So of course she goes to arrest a guy without an arrest warrant, without telling anyone, and without a gun. She has flimsy evidence to begin with, and after the guy knocks her out and beats her up, she just goes home instead of reporting any of it.

This type of stuff constantly happens. She tries to accuse almost everyone she meets of being the serial killer on the smallest evidence, and never with back up.

Or how about when she goes to the Archives and the employees there say they are burning evidence and she just steals a folder from the burn pile and never even considers telling her boss (and friend) that a bunch of evidence is going up in smoke.

The writing in general was poor, with descriptions often leaving me scratching my head and wondering what just happened.

For example:
"Sandovsky's body tensed and I saw the spring, the tackle, me going down under his weight, him wrestling my gun from me and taking aim. [...] I slowly lowered my weapon." (pg 100) - What just happened there? Was the tackle in her mind? I'm guessing so, but the context clues are very vague and it throws me out of the story when I have to stop and analyze what the writer is trying to do. This happens a lot.

I might have given this book 2 stars for effort, but I believe I was mislead by the reviewers here. The second book in this series got 5 stars, this one 3 ½ stars. I figured this book had some growing pains but could be worth reading if the series turned out to be quality.

Except this book is barely readable. And when looking at who actually wrote the 5 star reviews, well, some of them are by authors that Caitlin Kittredge has also given 5 stars too. That makes me a bit hesitant to believe their reviews.
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