POISON FRUIT by Jacqueline Carey


From the "Agent of Hel" series, volume 3
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Third in Carey’s supernatural urban fantasy series (Autumn Bones, 2013, etc.) set in Pemkowet, a small resort town on the shores of Lake Michigan.

In summer, tourists pour in to marvel at Pemkowet’s eldritch community—fairies, ghouls, vampires, bogles and so forth—whose benevolent supervisor is Hel, the Norse goddess of the underworld. Now it’s November, and things are quieter, so Daisy Johanssen, hell-spawn daughter of a demon and a human mother, Hel’s enforcer and designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, devotes her energies to unscrambling her sizzling but problematic personal life. First up is her partner, red-hot werewolf Officer Cody Fairfax; the lust is mutual, but traditionalist Cody wants a family and so must mate with another werewolf. And then there’s equally red-hot Stefan Ludovic, 600-year-old Bohemian knight and leader of the ghouls, or Outcasts, who, rejected by both heaven and hell, are immortal and feed on emotions. However, with Stefan away in Poland on private business, Scott Evans, a veteran with severe PTSD, complains to the Pemkowet PD that he’s being haunted by a witchlike, soul-sucking Night Hag. And then hell-spawn lawyer Daniel Dufreyne wallops the town with a massive lawsuit. The really bad news is that Dufreyne, having accepted his birthright, has demonic powers of persuasion. Daisy isn’t sure how that works: She’s refused to claim her own birthright despite frequent urgings from dad, the lesser demon Belphegor, lest she unleash Armageddon. Steamy sex, meddling monsters and a hell-spawn heroine with a volcanic temper: Even in the off season, there’s nothing dull about Pemkowet.

What more could series addicts ask?

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-451-46531-3
Page count: 448pp
Publisher: ROC/Penguin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2014


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