Precinct 13-Tate Hallaway

Precinct 13

Tate Hallaway

Berkley, Aug 7 2012, $15.00

ISBN: 9780425247792

 

As a child growing up in Chicago, Alex Conner’s parents thought she had a vivid imagination; claiming to see trolls under bridges, shapeshifters and other mythological beings.  When her mother died and her father remarried, Alex believed her stepmother was a demon until she was brainwashed into believing she was insane and locked away.

 

After leaving the padded cell and graduating from college, Alex wins the election of Hughes County coroner/medical examiner based in Pierre, South Dakota.  However, she freaks out fearing the insanity has returned when a corpse calmly stands up and leaves.  Stunned and expecting to be fired at best and locked away again at worst, Alex tells her supervisor what happened.  Her boss orders her to go to Precinct 13 where the police have psychic and magical skills.  Instead of scorn, the cops recognize a peer as she can see the real essence instead of the glamour used to fool humans.  They believe Alex is a necromancer paranormal like them.  Feeling for the first time since her mom died that she belongs as she even has a lover Valentine the dragon-shifter.  Alex investigates the missing body and a case involving crop rings and cattle mutilations

 

This enjoyable urban fantasy police procedural is a terrific investigative thriller starring a young woman who spent her life thinking she was delusional until she goes to the epicenter of eerie phenomena Hughes County, South Dakota.  The paranormal species run the gamut but share in common hiding out in the open.  Alex finally finds acceptance amongst the paranormal and even love after being caged by the normal as a schizoid.  She makes the newest Hallaway mythos seem real.

 

Harriet Klausner

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