Three years ago a plague caused by a one-in-a-billion mutation hit downtown Boston. Only humans were vulnerable to it. The werewolves, shapeshifters, and vampires suddenly found themselves surrounded by thousands of dead humans. Three days later, the zombies began to rise. Boston has never been the same since.
Deadtown is the nickname for Designated Area 1. This is the part of Boston where all Paranormal Americans (PAs) have to live without a permit. All PAs, including the zombies...ahem, previously deceased humans...reside and pretty much get along like the humans do. Those in Deadtown consider themselves fortunate. Though they do not have many legal rights, there are states, such as New Hampshire, where PAs have none.
Victory "Vicky" Vaughn can shapeshift at will up to three times each month. She is Boston's only professional demon slayer. Her on-again, off-again boyfriend is a werewolf and lawyer, Alexander Kane. While Kane keeps busy campaigning for full legal equity at the federal level for humans and PAs, Vicky is trying to simply get some much needed sleep. Her vampire roommate, Juliet, is not the problem. Vicky is dealing with the multiple problems in her private life during the day and slaying demons for her clients at night. Usually demon slaying can be accomplished in one night, while in her client's dream, but a blast from Vicky's past has returned. The ultra powerful Hellion that killed her father and marker her ten years ago is back. Vicky's teen zombie apprentice and the sinfully-hot homicide investigator Daniel Costello, must help Vicky find out who is controlling the Hellion before all of Boston is destroyed.
***** FIVE STARS! If you only read the description on the back cover of the book, then you have a pretty good idea of the story. However, it does not give the full impact of how well developed this story is. I hope my synopsis will somehow explain, if only a bit more, of the depth in which the author went into for this tale. There is much I left out for fear of giving spoilers. As for the small story sample that can be read on the very first page - misleading. It clearly shows how well the author can paint a scene, but it gave me the impression that the zombies would be the unintelligent monsters from movies and video games.
One thing is for sure, the author has a winner with Vicky Vaughn. Whether I think back on the writing style, character developments, or anything else, I can recall absolutely zero flaws. Nancy Holzner has created a unique story that is exceptional in every possible way. *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.