Young Lulu Lavender has been stolen from her home, her family murdered in the night. With the resources and attention of the sheriff's department consumed by the high-profile case of a missing white teenager from a wealthy family, it falls to rural sheriff's lieutenant Buck Shelton and his small staff to investigate.
She's coming . . .
The Lavender family's nearest neighbor—Oliver Bowles, a college professor with secrets of his own—becomes Buck's prime suspect. But Oliver is not what he seems and soon accompanies Buck on an excursion into the literal and figurative darkness of Arizona's storm-drenched southern border.
She's almost here . . .
Buck's investigation leads him into a world of bizarre powers and ancient struggles with tendrils reaching into the present, of border vigilantes and drug dealers, of the lust for power and glory and the most violent impulses within the human heart. When the missing white girl returns, the only thing certain is that people are going to die.
Ashai Larish is an assassin from the brutal Denari Lai order. Religious zealots, Denari Lai are kept loyal through an addiction to the same magic that makes them unstoppable. They have become the main weapon for the nation of Nishi’iti, and in a hundred years, they have never failed.
Until now. Ashai just has to kill Pushtani King Abadas Damar and his daughter/heir, Makari. He infiltrates the king’s inner circle, putting him in the perfect place to strike. Only the venerable Captain Bauti of the Royal Guard, whose love for Makari is well-known in the palace, suspects Ashai of anything.
Except Ashai has fallen for Makari and cannot complete the hit. When a second Denari Lai strikes, Ashai finds himself fighting for Makari’s life instead of taking it. To make matters worse, the order cuts him off from his magic, leaving him weakened and in withdrawal.
Meanwhile, far north, in the Pushtani mines that border Nishi’iti, a slave named Pachat learns that his love, a hand slave to Makari, has been killed by a Nishi’iti assassin. His grief ignites a rebellion, with him as the leader of the other miners. Urged on by Nishi’iti Special Forces, the rebellion sweeps across the borderlands, threatening to erupt into all-out war. Yet all Pachat wants is to avenge his beloved’s death, so he walks away from the rebellion to seek his lover’s killer.
As Pachat makes off for the capitol city, Ashai is forced to rely on the capitol city’s organized crime gang. Despite his best efforts to hide it, Makari discovers Ashai’s true identity, and suddenly, he finds himself without her love, without his faith, and without the Denari Lai. Ashai finds himself alone at rock bottom.
Can Ashai kill the second assassin and win back Makari’s love? Will Pachat gain the revenge he so lustily seeks?
Tori Karacis's family line may trace back to a drunken liaison between the god Pan and one of the immortal gorgons. Or . . . maybe it's just coincidence that her glance can, literally, stop men in their tracks—a useful quirk for a PI.
Whatever the truth of those rumors, she's wrapped up enough in the affairs of the gods and gorgons, dragons and demons of Olympus and other pantheons; if she never saw another immortal again, it would be too soon. Unfortunately, Apollo, Hades, and the Gray Sisters, among others, have something to say about that.
Between taking cases, placating ancient gods, and managing a more-than-usually-supernatural love life, Tori has her work cut out for her. From murder, to kidnapping, to cultists, Tori has seen it all.
That was before they asked her to save the world.
This boxed set includes all five volumes in the Latter-Day Olympians series: Bad Blood, Crazy in the Blood, Rise of the Blood, Battle for the Blood, and Blood Hunt.
There’s something fishy going on in the Unnatural Quarter. Bodies are floating face-down, the plumbing is backing up, and something smells rotten—even to a zombie detective like Dan Shamble. Diving into the slimy underbelly of a diabolical plot, Dan comes face-to-tentacles with an amphibious villain named Ah’Chulhu (to which the usual response is “Gesundheit!”). With his snap-happy gang of gator-guys—former pets flushed down the toilet—Ah’Chulhu wreaks havoc beneath the streets.
While feuding weather wizards kick up storms and a gang of thieving lawn gnomes continues their reign of terror, Dan Shamble is running out of time—before the whole stinking city goes down the drain.