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Devil's Business (Black London Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Caitlin Kittredge

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Original edition (30 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312388233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312388232
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 10.6 x 16.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caitlin Kittredge lives in Washington and is the proud owner of an English degree, two cats, a morbid imagination, a taste for black clothing, punk rock, and comic books. Visit her at www.caitlinkittredge.com

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but lacking.... 19 Dec 2011
By Pen_vs_Laptop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I wanted to like Devil's Business. So far, Black London has been a fun ride and one of the titles for me to keep an eye out on and after the Bone Gods, I was looking forward to seeing what would happen next to Jack and Pete, especially after the deal Pete made with Belial. Since the page summary and other reviews sum up the plot premise already, I won't bore you with another recap.

First, the good. The pacing, dialogue, and characters are great. Moving the story out of London and to L.A. didn't hurt the plot and was actually a breath of fresh air and Kittredge provides an enough hooks to keep you entertained, such as mothers killed and babies ripped out of them for dark purposes. Aside from the establishing premises to the book such as what Jack did and Belial's deal, the book stands on it's own well enough for a new reader to jump in without much confusion. The villains were the highlight for me with the appropriate levels of creepiness and charm and Belial continues to be a fun "devil you know" sort of character. Jack's still Jack: flawed, smart-ass and with deep wells of self-doubt but he's definitely matured and learning from some of his previous mistakes while still running into more potential future issues, such as his relationship with the Hag. Pete...well, she's mainly her, pregnant or not thank God, but the book doesn't really leave much room for her development.

The story is told from Jack's POV, which isn't a bad thing, but Pete is absent for large portions and her and Jack don't have much interaction, which is a pity since I feel like their interactions are one of the high points of the series and was one of the things that hooked me back in Street Magic. What's more, it felt like Kittredge was creating drama between them for the sake of drama and needing more Jack angst (since his well of self-doubt and angst clearly wasn't big enough >_>). As noted in P "SPAZ"'s review, at the end of Bone Gods it seemed like Pete was relatively okay when she discovered she was pregnant with Jack's kid and had a willingness to try and work through what may come but skip to DB and you find out they're not really talking and they're angry at each other and on the verge of breaking up again with little given explanation for why the shift. Even their arguments feel a bit of a rehash from previous books. In the end, they didn't seem to need much to patch things up which gives a feeling of "WHY DIDN'T THEY DO THIS EARLIER?", especially since it felt like that conversation should have happened between BG and DB or even in the middle of DB but it feels like Kittredge wanted an excuse to keep them apart so she could save their reconciliation for the end. It wouldn't be a bad thing if it didn't feel stilted and contrived as opposed to a natural progression of the characters and their issues.

If Amazon did .5 reviews I'd give DB a 3.5/5 but I didn't feel like DB quite deserved a rounding up to a 4. I wasn't as drawn into DB as I was the previous ones - which might have to do with the lack of Pete-Jack interaction and the change of setting taking getting used to - but I did enjoy reading it. That said, I hope the next one gets the quality back up and I wouldn't mind hearing about some of the new faces, such as Silver, again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Pass By This Series 13 Sep 2011
By Keith Dupuis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Urban fantasy is such a glutted market, that when I find a really, really good writer working on a really, really good series, it's like mining gold. This is a quicker read than other books in the series, but still horribly inventive; has a needed change of scenery; some earnest (and organic) character development; and sets the tone for future entries in the story. Jack Winter is a great and nasty character invention. I highly encourage fans of A-list urban fantasy authors to check this series out!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Least favorite of the series, but love Pete and Jack! 16 Sep 2011
By Pamela (@SpazP) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Originally reviewed for wickedlilpixie dot com
3.5 stars
Devil's Business is the fourth book in Caitlin Kittredge's Black London series. Jack Winter is enemy number one in London after the events in the previous book. Everyone is gunning for him since he almost let Nergal's dragon loose on London's Black. Ben Mayhew is a P.I. in Los Angeles and has requested Pete (short for Petunia) Caldecott's help with solving some murders he believes are related to the Black. Pete reluctantly lets Jack accompany her to L.A. to investigate, also allowing the both of them to get out of dodge for a while. Turns out there are some new releases from Hell running around, and they are older and way more frightening than the former residents we have previously met.

Devil's Business is told from Jack's point of view, though not in his point of view. The book never lags, the story keeps up a wonderful pace, and it is one dark turn after another. Ms. Kittredge continues to build upon the Black London series where the heroine, Pete, is strong and compassionate, yet has a mouth like a sailor (love herrr). The unlikely hero, Jack, couldn't be any more flawed if he tried. He is a dirty scoundrel but he can charm you right off the page. Jack is completely unredeeming, and yet you cannot help yourself from loving him and wanting him to triumph despite himself. He is a smartass extraordinaire, with a dash of double smartass for good measure, and I love it. It does seem as though he's finally learned a lesson or two from when we first met him in book one, and he really steps up to the plate when help is needed. Finally it's not Pete chasing after him trying to save him. I admit, that was refreshing.

One thing that irked me was at the end of the previous book Bone Gods, it seemed that Pete harbored minimal anger with Jack once she discovered she was with his child, but right off the bat in this book Jack indicates she hasn't been talking to him hardly even though they've still been sharing his flat. I felt as though I missed something between the two books. I suppose it's due to the change in Pete's perspective in Bone Gods to Jack's in Devil's Business. While I let that slide, I felt the ending was also giving us an "everything is fine between Pete and Jack" vibe that felt contrived. Why was she so mad at him at the beginning? I mean aside from him just being Jack? And why was she so okay with him at the end? Eh, this is the first Black London series book where I didn't understand what was going on between them and not because it was part of the story. Also, I didn't love the setting in Los Angeles. London is where Pete and Jack are meant to be.

Not for the faint of heart, Devil's Business continues the Black London style of entertainingly crude language, but appropriately so to capture the gritty tone of the series. Pete seriously calls everyone a tw@t, especially Jack, it makes me giggle. Ms. Kittredge once again delivers with the dark and depraved world building I've come to expect. There was a lot of Belial in this one, and with all the new characters from Hell introduced, I definitely want to see how the overall arc plays out. If you like your urban fantasy raw and brassy, this might be a good pick for you.

Black London is set to be a 6 book series, and here is the reading order:

1. Street Magic
2. Demon Bound
3. Bone Gods
4. Devil's Business
5. Soul Trade ~2012
6. Title TBA
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay 7 Sep 2013
By DRRD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I like Pete and Jack working together. They don't do much of that in this one. I think the author was a bit hampered by Pete's on-going condition.

This is from Jack's POV, and I don't like Jack as much as Pete likes him. So seeing thing from his POV is a bit rough for me. Then add the fact they don't do much together, and the plotline is repetitious. Jack is constantly being kidnapped by someone, over and over, and Pete comes to pick him up. It got pretty old after a while. Plus, Jack gets help from some outside sources with no real good feeling as to why they want to help. They just do.

Just okay.
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil's Business (Black London) 18 July 2013
By Teddy Bear's Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love this series and snap up the new books as soon as they come out. I wish they would last longer!
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