The Better Part of Darkness

The Better Part of Darkness

Paperback - 2009
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Atlanta: it's the promised city for the off-worlders, foreigners from the alternate dimensions of heaven-like Elysia and hell-like Charbydon. Some bring good works and miracles. And some bring unimaginable evil....

Charlie Madigan is a divorced mother of one, and a kick-ass cop trained to take down the toughest human and off-world criminals. She's recently returned from the dead after a brutal attack, an unexplained revival that has left her plagued by ruthless nightmares and random outbursts of strength that make doing her job for Atlanta P.D.'s Integration Task Force even harder. Since the Revelation, the criminal element in Underground Atlanta has grown, leaving Charlie and her partner Hank to keep the chaos to a dull roar. But now an insidious new danger is descending on her city with terrifying speed, threatening innocent lives: a deadly, off-world narcotic known as ash. Charlie is determined to uncover the source of ash before it targets another victim -- but can she protect those she loves from a force more powerful than heaven and hell combined?
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st Pocket Books pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781439109656
Characteristics: 394 p. ; 18 cm.


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Sep 05, 2013

This book is a lot more readable when the protagonist is being funny, but most of the time she's being uber-macho and typical, ruthless mother so it gets a bit tedious.

Feb 17, 2013

Very well written, great world building, interesting plot and characters. But why; why if we have a female main character does she (between solving major crimes, saving the world etc) spend pages of emotional torment about her lover/husband/ex husband/handsome partner. This uneasy blend of romance novel and action/fantasy gets really old. Do the publishers not think we will not read a well-written, well-plotted book where the main characters love life is NOT front and center. Readers seem to be able to handle, day, Raymond Chandlers books with just an interesting whiff of romantic interest.


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