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Lilith Saintcrow
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3 July 2008 Jill Kismet

Jill Kismet is a dealer in dark things and demon slayer, and it's her job to patrol the nightside.

In the cold pre-dawn, Jill is called in to assess the aftermath of a particularly savage cop-killing. Under the haunted eyes of the forensic techs, Jill picks up the stench of hellbreed and something else - something dangerous and tainted. But this makes no sense as hellbreed always work alone, distrusted even by their own kind.

Jill's a Hunter, trained by the best, but she's in over her head.

Welcome to the night shift ...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841497061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841497068
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Lilith Saintcrow: 'A brave, charismatic protagonist with a smart mouth and a suicidal streak. What's not to love? [A] dark, evocative debut,' Publishers Weekly, 'A strong engaging voice' SFX, 'Dark fantasy has a new heroine ... an enjoyable, gripping adventure' SFX, 'Saintcrow knows how to keep the pages turning' Starburst

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Book one of this fast-paced urban fantasy sequence, featuring demons and the hunters who try to control them - and Jill is at the top of a dark and hidden profession.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Let the Hunt Begin 6 July 2008
Jill Kismet is a hunter one of a few people who are trained to keep regular humans safe from the darker world of the night side. One evening while patrolling the city she is called to investigate a vicious slaying of five police officers. When she arrives on the carnage she notices a hellbreed scent (hellbreeds are a wide array of demons, half demons or other species escaped or sent from Hell) and a Were scent combined something that is highly unlikely. This begins an investigation that keeps Jill running from one gruesome discovery to another.

Jill is a flawed individual who has had a tramatic life thus far. From the early pages or really right through out the book Jill is at times, clinging to her sanity by her blood encrusted finger tips. Saul is the love interest in this book and it is interesting to read how Jill or Kiss as she is sometimes known, lets down her inner defences to allow someone to get closer to her. To allow herself to trust someone and dare I say it start to care and fall in love.

I have not read a Lilith Saintcrow novel before. I have seen that she has written the Dante Valentine Series, which have received good reviews. I found that this novel has not let her down. Night Shift was a good and highly entertaining book. If you liked the early Anita Blake books I am sure that you will also enjoy Jill Kismet and her tough as nails attitude. Night Shift has gone back on my read pile to be re-read at a later date. I have pre-ordered the next in the series and am looking forward to reading the continuation in Jill's life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A moderately enjoyable bad novel 12 Aug 2010
Some book writers are novelists and some are story tellers.

Lilith Saintcrow (a name which, somehow, I can't find it in myself to take very seriously) is a born story teller who suffers under the delusion that she (he?) might also be a novelist. This is made amply clear by the regular haltings of the story for flashbacks to protagonist Jill Kismet's (another ulikely name) unhappy past, to her self-loathing, to her drippy religiosity and to her just plain generalized kvetching. None of these little italicized episodes is very interesting or even especially successful in any other way, so you might as well skip over them.

What merit the book possesses is to be found in the story telling. Author Saintcrow takes us on a fast, bumpy ride through a variant on the Buffyverse--and not a very variant one at that. Jill Kismet is a slightly older, much coarser Buffy. Jill had a much less pleasant childhood and she seems utterly to lack Buffy's talent for accumulating friends.

As fictional worlds in hiding just around the corner from our own familiar surroundings go, Kismet's universe really doesn't make a whole lot of sense. And I give Saintcrow heavy credit for this, she doesn't seem to give a hoot about any of its logical failings. Jill Kismet's world is full of powerful entities such as "hellbreeds" (i.e. demons) and "weres" (i.e. shape changers) who look and act just like urban lowlifes--as they might be imagined by yuppie suburbanites, that is.

Saintcrow's insouciance with regard to the "weres" actually becomes rather amusing as the book rolls on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this author! 14 Oct 2009
By Valerie
I only discovered this author recently and I completely love all the books I've read. Yes, there are similarities in them but that's a good thing if you really like the style. They are very escapist books and are quite dark but still with humour. Having re-watched Buffy videos too many times these books are the next best thing! I've also started reading Yasmine Gallenorn which I think are similar and also good (but not quite as good!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, engaging, moreish... 10 Feb 2009
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As a Danny Valentine follower, I approached this with caution - Danny got so miserable as the books progressed, I wondered if Ms Saintcrow was capable of writing anything light.
This definitely has its darker moments, but also lighter ones. Oh for a male were around the home - I loved the idea of him doing all the housework and cooking, and laundry, in fact I pretty much loved the idea of Saul altogether! Jill is indeed a lass troubled by her past - both long past and more recent, but she isn't alone - she has friends, both human and were and other who rate her. There's a lot more to learn about her life, the weres sound a fine race, what with their looks and their lithe movements, and Perry... Well, he's a nasty piece of lowlife, but what's he after?
I shall read on, and recommend this, it's well worth the read.
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