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Diana Rowland
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1 Jun 2009
Cop and conjurer of demons, she's a woman in danger of losing control—to a power that could kill....

Why me? Why now? That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives—and souls—of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he’s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.

Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553592351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553592351
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.5 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Rowland has lived her entire life below the Mason-Dixon line, uses "y'all" for second-person-plural, and otherwise has no southern accent (in her opinion.) She attended college at Georgia Tech where she earned a BS in Applied Mathematics, and after graduation forgot everything about higher math as quickly as possible.

She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she’s seen more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can’t rollerblade to save her life.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colour me impressed (4.5 stars) 29 Jun 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well I'm impressed. I have to say this first off: this is NOT Paranormal Romance and you will find no romance here, there's a little bit of sex at the start and sexual tension but that's it. There's none of that irritating situation where the protagonist declares their undying love for the first idiot that comes along, and thank goodness! This book is Urban Fantasy. Although I would venture to say that it's a police crime procedural FIRST and then it's an Urban Fantasy. So it's safe to say that if one doesn't enjoy crime procedurals you will not like this book; since that makes up the bulk of the story.

As with most books, don't trust the synopsis on the back! The description is mildly asinine and melodramatic (didn't stop me from buying it though, heh!). It makes 'Mark of the Demon' sound like some sexy romp, but it isn't. Rhyzkhal is quite a minor character in the grand scheme of things and there's greater importance given to character development and plot. Indeed, the heart of this book is Kara's personal growth and the development of her friendship with Ryan.

Kara Gillian is a police officer that has just recently been promoted to Detective. She's a rather meek woman with a lot of insecurities and no social life to speak of -- she also finds herself thrown in at the deep end when her superior puts her in charge of a homicide case. An infamous ritualistic serial killer with a trail long gone cold has started leaving victims again; dubbed the 'Symbol Man' by the press. Kara has always had a special interest in this case and can hardly believe her luck when she's allocated this as her first homicide. Kara has to contend with a fair amount of sneering from jealous colleagues who don't believe she is capable of handling the job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! Loved it 9 Aug 2010
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Mark of the Demon is the first in the Kara Gillian series from Diana Rowland. Kara is a small town detective who has just been promoted. She's also a summoner, able to pull demons through from their plane of existence with arcane energy. 3 years ago as a beat cop, she caught sight of traces of the arcane on a victim of the Symbol Man. Ever since she's been curious about it, but the murders stopped shortly after. Now they're starting again and now a detective, Kara can get close to the bodies and see if the arcane is connected to this victim, and possibly all the past ones as well. But it's her first homicide case and she's got a lot of heat on her, from her superiors and from those who don't think she's qualified for the job. FBI agent Ryan Kristoff doesn't make it any easier, constantly on her heels trying to figure out what she knows and how she's figured out so much having never been on the original cases.

But the murders aren't all Kara has to worry about. The same night of the first of the new killings, she some how messed up a summoning. Instead of pulling through a lower level demon to give her advice, she managed to pull through a Demon Lord. Who could kill her with ease. Instead he seduces her, and continues to plague her dreams and thoughts when she needs to focus on the case.

I loved this book. I got hooked very early on and it didn't let go. It's a great mix of police procedural and paranormal. Kara is smart, down to earth, tough, vulnerable, lonely and very likable. She's not described as beautiful, she talks about having to really work to keep herself in shape - and that she doesn't do it enough. She's very real and I love how she tries at once to protect herself, and yet shows her vulnerability as well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed 1 Jan 2010
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I found this book via amazon's 'you might also like....' thing.

I enjoyed the story, and plot was well crafted - I spent two days trying to sneak in reading the book in all quiet periods, despite my toddler having other ideas. The other reviews sum up the contents and type of the book very well, so there's no point in me repeating them

I'm certainly looking forward to any sequels :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake LIte.... 18 Jun 2012
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Mark of the Demon is basically Anita Blake in a different form and skin, the similarities are everywhere...and while a readable book, it fails by making itself a skin lift of a far more developed series. Both of the main characters are deemed tough, and sarcastic women with supernatural elements to their life, both work roles in law enforcement, and both novels are even set in the same town, and Kara's ability of summoning demons is strikingly similar to that of Animating in Anita Blake.

The book is readable, it has that going for it, but there are elements throughout that simply don't work or feel out of place. I'll keep spoilers light, but the main antagonist/love interest (in parts) feels incredibly out of place within the world the author has created. He's deemed an angel and described as if he is some floaty, chiseled anime character, and it neither works, nor is as sexy as the author seems to think it is. The author also has a tendency to have the main character swear every now and again, and it just feels out of place and corny, especially in the sexual situations early on.

The main case of the book is developed nicely though and you can tell that the author has spent some time in law enforcement, descriptions of the case files and autopsies are well done and are some of the stronger aspect's of the novel. All in all an average book, good enough for me to pick up the sequel? Probably not, but you might feel differently after reading it yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this, although the second book I was hoping ...
Loved this, although the second book I was hoping to finallY see her and Ryan kiss, Get together or somethIng! So ending was jus a little disappointing for me.
Published 3 days ago by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend to anyone who likes the genre
I bought this book just to try while waiting for another book to come out. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down and bought the rest of the series and read them up to date... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S GALE
5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying read
I do like a well written paranormal fantasy, and this delivers. A great cast of characters, with solid back stories, and a plot that keeps you interested plus a bit of romance. Read more
Published 17 months ago by v414
5.0 out of 5 stars Found my new favourite urban fantasy!!!
I've been looking for some new reading materials for a while now and when browsing Amazon for some good books, I stumbled across 'Mark of the Demon' from Diana Rowland. Read more
Published 19 months ago by StefanieRin
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable.
This is an easy and quick read for those times when you have a couple of hours to fill. It's a little bit formulaic. I didn't get invested in either of the romanitc leads.
Published 19 months ago by AthenaNI
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique blend of urban fantasy and mystery
I picked up this book on a bit of a whim while searching for a new urban fantasy series. Not at all what I expected, and either despite or because of that, it was far better. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Houston
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good. Quite impressed.
First of all, this is the first book I have enjoyed since the Kate Daniels series, which should come as a strong recommendation to those familiar with her work. Read more
Published on 9 May 2012 by John
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor!
This book is ridiculous! The synopsis on the back is intriguing - the book is not. A story based on a plot in which a woman who is able to summon demons asks for help from a demon... Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by N.L.M92
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book was great. It was brilliantly written the mix of fantasy and everyday really flowed and neither was too unbelievable. Read more
Published on 31 July 2010 by Rebecca Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely a series to collect
Whilst looking for new books / authors within the urban fantasy genre, I came across Diana Rowland and ordered the first book in the series to try it out, definitely a good move! Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2010 by J. L. Hockey
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