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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (4 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765326825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765326829
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,787,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What happens when "The Firm" meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power--our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by "the Spooks," and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires, werewolves, and elves--or, on occasion, to live at the Seelie Court. Linnet Ellery is the offspring of an affluent Connecticut family dating back to Colonial times. Fresh out of law school, she's beginning her career in a powerful New York "white fang" law firm. She has high hopes of eventually making partner. But strange things keep happening to her. In a workplace where some humans will eventually achieve immense power and centuries of extra lifespan, office politics can be vicious beyond belief. After some initial missteps, she finds herself sidelined and assigned to unpromising cases. Then, for no reason she can see, she becomes the target of repeated, apparently random violent attacks, escaping injury each time through increasingly improbable circumstances. However, there's apparently more to Linnet Ellery than a little old-money human privilege. More than even she knows. And as she comes to understand this, she's going to shake up the system like you wouldn't believe....

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sharon on 18 July 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mixing Vampire and werewolf lore with politics and a law firm, I found myself entertained, there was a lull in the middle of the book that I felt was going nowhere but this was of short duration and was more than made up for later. Our heroine just wants to be a lawyer and make her family proud, but with the cut throat office politics, a case that will never be solved even after 17 years and her life in constant danger, I think it is an aptly named book, will definitely be reading the next one in the series, from looking at the reviews this series looks like it just gets better and better, looking forward to it.... great escapism...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Interesting world, characters that don't come alive. 8 Sept. 2012
By @Julia_ATUF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

It is clear that THIS CASE IS GONNA KILL ME is just the beginning for Linnet Ellery. A quirky mix of privilege and loneliness, I had a hard time bonding with her as more than just the narrator describing a great world. Still, Linnet is the sort of person who listens to that inner voice that tells to do the right thing (even when that means going head to head with a murderous werewolf with nothing more than hairspray), and I like her and her world well enough to be eager for more.

Linnet's point of view makes for a unique reading experience. Her pedantic descriptions of how things work would have turned me off if it weren't so intriguing to try and figure out what was going on beneath the surface. As a vampire fosterling, the way Linnet sees the world is definitely not the whole story. It's clear that she has the potential to shake things up in future books, and I'm looking forward to reading more about Vampires, Hunters, and the Linnet's mysterious luck.

While the plot and world building were top notch, they definitely outperformed the heroine for me. Despite some great external dialogue, Linnet's point of view remains pretty stiff and flat throughout. Despite efforts to give her a well rounded personality, something about her was missing. For every scene where I warmed up to her, there would be a digression that took me back to square one. Her relationships, both good and bad, don't really click for me. I'm not sure if it was intentional to keep her and her prospective hero a little out of step with each other, but that detracted from my interest in their future.

THIS CASE IS GONNA KILL ME establishes a very interesting open world where male-only vampires and werewolves live among us. Blending a little bit of old man crotchetiness into the "all powerful creature of the night" archetype really worked for me, and I'm very excited to learn more about their secrets. While Linnet can be funny and admirable, she didn't quite come together as a character for me. However, I certainly liked her well enough to hope there's more to come.

Sexual Content: Sex scenes.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Paranormal legal urban fantasy set in a richly detailed world but with a character that is hard to connect . 26 Oct. 2012
By Dark Faerie Tales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Paranormal legal urban fantasy set in a richly detailed world but with a character that is hard to connect with and many questions left unanswered this novel may not appeal to all.

Opening Sentence: "This case is gonna kill me."

The Review:

Fresh out of college, Linnet Ellory gets the opportunity to work for one of the best law firms in New York City. She is given the worst job as a lawyer, working on a case that has been in and out of court for over seventeen years. The Abercrombie case is a dispute over who legally inherits a multi-million dollar company. Then Chip, Linnet's mentor and the lawyer that has been on the case since the beginning, is brutally killed one night leaving Linnet as the sole heir to working on this case. Linnet takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of why Chip was killed. She begins to investigate the cases that Chip was working on at the time of his death, although she is pretty sure that the Abercrombie case is behind his untimely demise.

This Case is Gonna Kill Me is one novel that I can't really decide how much I enjoyed the novel. There was nothing I really hated about this novel but at the same time there wasn't anything that really stood out and made me say "wow!" The novel is less an urban fantasy and more a paranormal legal mystery. There are a few instances of action scenes that break up all the legal jargon and slow case work. There were parts of the novel that completely engrossed me but then there were other scenes that I felt should have been trimmed down. Miss Bornikova is very detailed with the legal work and the horse training/riding really show a love for the sport.

The world that is built up is richly detailed but also quite sexist. Vampires, werewolves, and elves are known to the world. The first two are all men, women are not allowed to be changed and if a woman is bitten that is an automatic death sentence. But the question as to why females cannot be changed is left to the imagination and never quite answered just yet. I'm sure those secrets will be revealed in time.

Linnet is a smart and sassy woman but she makes some really questionable choices throughout the book even though all she wants to do is the right thing. I had a hard time connecting with her character. I wanted to feel sorry for her and the events she was put through but it was some of those stupid decisions she would make that would put me off. Thankfully, Linnet is one lucky woman and manages to survive without much skill.

This Case is Gonna Kill Me is definitely for fans of legal dramas and horses. Read this novel for the exceptional worldbuilding. The book title really does fit the events of the novel but I can't help feeling that something was missing. Hopefully the next book in the series, Box Office Poison, will fill in all the little questions I had with this world.

FTC Advisory: Tor/Macmillan provided me with a copy of This Case is Gonna Kill Me. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Speculative Fiction a la James Patterson Perhaps 4 Sept. 2012
By Dianne Socci-Tetro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This Case is Gonna Kill Me - Phillipa Bornikova

*ARC supplied by publisher*

Contrary to the synopsis, I did not see anything of Laurell K Hamilton's protagonist Anita Blake in this book. What I did see was an interesting mix of genres blended nearly seamlessly into something a little new, a little different. Written in the first person. It was something that I enjoyed very much for the most part, but I still had some problems with it. There is very little back-story and I suspect that this will be rectified in upcoming releases. I enjoyed the lack for the most part since it forced me to use my imagination more than normal while reading a book like this.

We meet Linnet Ellery on her first day of her new job in what is known as a "White Fang" law firm. This firm is headed by Vampires, (only men can be vampires - only men can be werewolves!) so all of the upper echelon are men. Very sexist. Her very first case is a long drawn out inheritance case, which soon proves to be deadly. Along the way she will make a misstep with one of her vampire bosses that looks like it may be interesting fodder for up-coming books. A very interesting relationship looks as if it could go the right wasy with the firms Fey P.I. but you'll have to read the book to see just how that is going to go. It is another loose end that looks like it will be picked up in the next book.

I did enjoy the fact that this was like reading a paranormal James Patterson since I have always been fond of that sneaky, lawyerly type of book. I did not enjoy all of the horse talk and found that it took my concentration away from the main plots in a very bad way.

The characters are fairly well fleshed, but there is enough room for them to grow and I do hope that with this growth Linnet will mature and season some more. She seems a bit naïve, at least at first, and she seems as if she may be spending all her time as a damsel in distress. I think that this will change with subsequent books also.

While Linnet seems to be having a relationship with one man, I have a feeling that there is going to be something between her and one of the other Vamps in the office, later on down the road.

All in all this was a very satisfying read, but the author still has some minor issues to work out in later books.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not to be missed Paranormal mystery 5 Sept. 2012
By YodaWay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Linnet Ellery a young female human lawyer at a male vampire law firm tackles more than just the good ole' boy club. She faces, werewolves, Elves, catty women, back stabbing co-workers, sneaky lawyers, liars and bad sex. She was taken/given as a child to live in a vampire home, fostering and is comfortable in their world. Well she thought she was, everything is about to get tangled and twisted. She is stuck in a non-ending case with one of the law firm lessor lawyers. Well, it was non-ending till a new bit of information surfaced. Then death comes drooling up to her office. This is the beginning of everything changing. Oh, and there is one sexy Elf.

I loved the world and the fantastic characters created by this author. The heroine was strong, smart and able to accept her stupid choices with humble face palming. Linette rocks ! The romance was there,nicely timed,a light feather dusting of a tease, perfect timing for my taste. There were a few bumps, I didn't understand the need for so much "horse' time in the book. It just seemed thrown in out of love for them. The plot seemed a bit rushed towards the end. Minor bumps really. It is a first novel and even with the bumps it was an excellent reading vacation for me.

I am putting this author on my 'Not to be missed list" Some of my favorite authors first books are not as good as this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not that great but I still couldn't put it down 10 May 2014
By Tamara Greer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I must admit I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. While I was reading it and even now I don't think it was that good. It wasn't bad but it had a whole lot of problems. Starting with quite a bit of stuff that being included that didn't have a thing to do with the actual story. I can understand including things to try and explain a character or set the moon but that seems like at least half of what was in the story. Also there were several things that were just super abrupt. Like deciding your in love with someone and that they're your boyfriend without really spending more than a day together. And then two pages after such a revelation something appears out of left field and the other character is completely gone. There are plot twists and then there is just insanity. And also the author described the wrong things in my opinion. She didn't really touch on the world that the story took place in, which I think could have been really cool, but she was more than happy to write multiple paragraphs about the main character putting makeup on. Really?? All that being said though I found that I couldn't put the book down. I have no idea why because like I said it wasn't the best book I've ever read, but I didn't put it down. So maybe there was something in there that I just didn't see.
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