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In the latest from Singh (Goddess for Hire, 2004, etc.), a young woman with psychic abilities joins forces with an earnest paranormal investigator and a sexy telepath to bust ghosts.

After losing her ho-hum computer programming job, Bay Area cutie Anjali Kumar is recruited by reformed stockbroker Scott Wilder to work for him at “The Cold Spot,” a sort of supernatural detective agency where clients go to rid their homes of unwelcome spirits. Long denying her “gift” due to the supreme disproval of her traditional Indian immigrant parents, Anjali is initially hesitant, but she warms to Scott’s enthusiasm and the idea of finally being able to find a positive outlet for her skills. Lacking supersensory talents of his own, Scott also enlists the criminally handsome Coulter Marshall to the team. A Tennessee-born drifter with the ability to move objects with his mind, Coulter discovers he can move people as well when an angry—and armed—lesbian catches him with her girlfriend. Unlike Anjali, Coulter could care less about using his power for good—he just needs a place to crash and finds an easy mark when the independently wealthy Scott takes him in. Together, the fledgling firm builds a reputation for “cleansing” haunted locations of their unhappy apparitions, while Anjali finds herself caught up in both Coulter’s flirtations and her preppy boss’s more subtle adoration. The trio gets their biggest case when they are approached by the government to clear an unused military complex of an evil “entity” that is responsible for at least one death. To complicate matters, they must share this mission with a rival team, headed by Scott’s aggressive onetime paramour, Dr. Vivica Bates, who brings the mentally unstable empath Hans Morden to the party.

The supernatural element is neither scary nor believable enough.

Pub Date: Jan. 2nd, 2007
ISBN: 0-06-089022-3
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2006