Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review: Identity Theft

Identity Theft
Identity Theft by John Abramowitz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy/Legal Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of urban fantasy and legal thrillers
Book Available: April 16, 2013
Trigger Warnings: murder, violence, mind control

My Thoughts: This is the second book in the Hunter Gamble series, following Atticus for the Undead (review linked here where formatting allowed).

So, the first book in the series ended by giving me a kick in the teeth. This one ended on a complete and total mindfuck. I mean... I literally finished reading, my eyes were as big as saucers, and I said, “Holy fuck.” Wow. What an awesome series this is shaping up to be! I wonder how many books Abramowitz plans to write? I wonder where he's going to go with this?

One of Abramowitz's strong suits is definitely characters. Flynn especially is one I really liked; his bow ties amused me, because I remember a lawyer I had in Portland, OR who, prior to a deposition, asked me and his receptionist whether he should go with a standard tie, or a bright-red bow tie. It was a joke, of course—he wore the regular tie—but I was reminded of this great memory by Flynn and his bow tie. I like where he's going with Sabrina, too, and Holly was an interesting addition to the group. Anyway, there really isn't a lot I can tell you, as these books are short novels and it would be easy to spoil them, but I think fans of urban fantasies and legal thrillers will love this interesting mashup of the two styles. This book should be available on April 16, so be sure to keep your eye open for it and grab a copy, and don't miss the first book in this series while you're at it. Highly recommended!

Disclosure: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: A man walks into the Texas Capitol. Shots ring out. A young aide lies dead. The killer's excuse? He was under a spell.

Sounds like a job for Hunter Gamble, right?

Wrong. After his disastrous "victory" in the trial of Samuel Pollard, Hunter has turned his back on defending oppressed vampires, mages, and zombies. Having accepted a position at his father's giant litigation firm, he's trying the glamorous cases, working in a corner office, and making a six-figure salary—and hating every minute of it.

As Hunter plots his exit strategy, he finds himself inexorably drawn to the case of the Capitol shooter, who is an old friend from law school. As he works to clear his friend, Hunter discovers that there is much more at stake in this case than whether one man was under a spell. Before long, he finds himself pulled into a magical conspiracy dating back to before the Unveiling—and with a singularly cold-blooded wizard at its heart.

The clock is ticking. The search for answers is on. And the author of Atticus for the Undead invites you to come along for the thrill ride—and get the magic back.

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