This is great...buy it if you like books like those written by Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris and Kelley Armstrong although its not derivative of these, just a similar genre. Toni Andrews deserves your pennies for writing a story with a great heart, marvelous, believeable characters and an achingly real location...read her afterword, Balboa jumps off the page and she obviously loves the place. Where this novel is so strong is that although it is a supernatural read, it is rooted in reality and all the better for it. I am looking forward to the next one, and so will you be...delicious villains,realistically spiky heroine, good, solid plot, scrumptious men and generally just one of those books you can't wait to sit down and read. Roll on the next installment!