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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841497967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841497969
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Briggs graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. She worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full time. Patricia Briggs lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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The latest super Alpha and Omega investigative urban fantasy (see CRY WOLF and HUNTING GROUND) is a fantastic thriller that plays out on two levels. First there is the paranormal police procedural as a hunt reminiscent of the Fritz Lang classic movie M occurs. Second there is the personal issue between the Alpha and the Omega as she refuses to allow him to stonewall her while he feels she deserves better since he is losing his mind to guilt and remorse. Overarching remains the X-Men theme of de facto and perhaps de jure racism. This is another winner by the fabulous fantasist Patricia Briggs. (Alternative-Worlds.com)

Patricia Briggs is my absolute favorite author other than JK Rowling . . . The Alpha and Omega series has a wonderful quality of emotion driven stories, usually ones where a character is breaking and needs Anna's tranquility. Fair Game is my favorite thus far (BITTENBOOKS.COM)

The story mixed action, mystery, suspense and romance beautifully . . . [I] loved this book, couldn't put it down and the pages just kept on turning. If you're a fan of Briggs' Mercy books, I would urge these books a go and if you haven't read either you definitely need to go on a book buying expedition (BookChickCity.com)

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A compulsive page-turning adventure in the tense Alpha and Omega sequence by NEW YORK TIMES queen of urban fantasy Patricia Briggs

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2012
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Many urban fantasy writers include werewolves, fae and vampires revealing themselves to the world, but only a few actually look at how people would realistically react. Patricia Briggs' "Fair Game" gives us both a sobering portrait of how things might unfold AND a solid serial-killer thriller. The third Alpha and Omega novel has a suspenseful story at its core, but Briggs also provides quieter moments so her characters can breathe.

After having to kill several werewolves, Charles is beginning to crumble mentally; he's seeing ghosts and starting to give in to his bloodthirsty instincts. So he and Anna are sent to Boston on a special mission -- assist the FBI on a serial-killer case that has lasted decades. The killer initially had a straightforward pattern (Asian teenagers), but began including werewolves and fae. Each one was carved with witch symbols, raped, and finally murdered.

Now the human daughter of a high-ranking fae has been kidnapped, and the FBI/werewolf team has only hours to find her. But the case becomes particularly strange when they discover that a long-dead witch and a bizarre kind of fae may be involved in it. And unless they figure out who the killers are fast, Anna might be their next target.

"Fair Game" tries to tackle a lot of heavy topics -- prejudice, the cost of killing, and the way normal humans would see the "monsters." And honestly, Patricia Briggs does really well. She doesn't dip into any heavy-handed gay/racial symbolism, and she doesn't depict ALL humans as slavering racists or groupies either. Laurell K. Hamilton should take notes.

The plot is a heavy, fast-moving affair with a feeling of creepy, overhanging suspense, marred only by a few scenes where the characters seem to forget the crisis.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Vale on 10 Mar. 2012
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Other reviewers have done a good job in summarising the story. Suffice to say this is probably the best Patricia Briggs has written and rates as my current favourite of 2012 (given that I have enjoyed Eileen Wilks and other writers that is a good compliment)

She successfully weaves two different strands. There is the relationship between Charles and Anna which has been effected by his work as the Marrok's enforcer together with the hunt for serial killers of fae and werewolves. It is realistic and recognises the realities of a world where prejudice exists. I won't add any more as this will only give spoilers

The ending is truly outstanding and pulls off a real surprise that will be reflected in future books (Laurell K Hamilton please note!!). My only disappointment is that the book ended too quickly and I have to wait another year for an installment
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Set-in-Middle-Earth on 16 Mar. 2012
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I've enjoyed all the Alpha & Omega and Mercy Thompson books to date and this is a fine development of Patricia Briggs' themes.
In a gripping, well-paced adventure the action takes place in a world in which fae and werewolves have gone public up to a point. This being a reflection of the "real"world, PR and managing the image the wolves present to the mundane population is hugely important. This has consequences for Charles Cornick and Anna, leading them neatly into the main story.

The "whodunnit" side of things is intriguing and suitably ugly. One of Ms Briggs' strengths is the way she brings all senses into play in describing scenes. I could feel my skin crawl as she described how the residue of black magic felt to the wolves, and my nose almost twitch at some of the descriptions of a "smellscape" at a crime scene.

Underneath the adventure layer is the continuing tension between Charles and Anna as they adjust to mate-hood and Anna develops both in confidence (with oh-so-many setbacks, poor thing!) and use of her Omega ability. This is no magic wand solving all situations, and it's a mark of the quality of the writing that Ms Briggs has thought about how the peace of the Omega could have different effects on the man/wolf aspects of those affected.

Overall, a really good read, rich in background but without sacrificing pace. And joy of joys, a great set-up for more books at the end! I am more than happy to wait for the next if it means it will be as good as this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro on 12 Mar. 2012
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Not many Authors could manage to pull of what Patricia has dared to do, and to do so well. Two have two series running along the same time-line with occasional references to each series and I hope that maybe, someday down the line some of the characters will overlap.

I knew that Patricia would ultimately find a way to take both of her series and bring the time-lines together. This is great and I think that it is going to make both of these series much more interesting. Especially if each couple can `invade territories' occasional!

Anna and Charles need to make a trip to Boston to help the FBI with a serial murderer that has taken out a few werewolves as well as many Fae. Anna is a great choice to send (along with Charles) for this job since she is much better at PR than anyone else is. Moreover, why wouldn't she be? Her Omega-ness will calm almost anyone and have them eating out of her hand, so it stands to reason that she will be great at PR.

Now Charles is having a problem that he (naturally) has not discussed yet with Anna. It has to do with the ghosts of the last wolves he has had to `discipline' and what it is doing to him mentally AND physically. It is not good. Charles guilt has the ghost feeding off him almost like vampires and this will hinder him at critical times.

It is great to see that Charles is able to use his Brother Wolf when Charles feels he can no longer handle things.

The story moves at what I think is a perfect pace, and allowed for the perfect amount of time to deal with everything on Anna and Charles's plate . Yet, I have to agree with one of the other fans...why wasn't this book longer?
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