Devon Monk is best known for her Allie Beckstrom books set in a modern environment. Dead Iron is in a somewhat older environment, but one where the train is setting its tracks accross the US (and, of course, also includes magic).
We find werewolves, elves, witches and devisers (people who somehow manage to imbue mechanical devises with magic).
Cedar Hunt is a bounty hunter. His talent is finding people, due to a very sensitive nose. He sets out to find a child and on that hunt he'll end up having to save a whole town, save a witch and try to get rid of a VBP (very bad person).
Devon Monk writes excellent urban fantasy, and now she shows that she manages the style of steam punk as well. The book is full of action and is quite an entertaining book.
on 9 June 2016
This is a fabulous book, I just wish the cover hinted at more of the fantasy elements.
Cedar Hunt has been cursed with lycanthropy (werewolf). After the grief of his brother's death leaves him wandering the west, working as a gun for hire, he stumbles into a sleepy western town where supernatural "Strange" beings have kidnapped a young boy.
Not so much steampunk as fantasy with a steampunk twist. It's a great read, especially for urban fantasy fans, as it has that urban fantasy spunkiness. (There is more steampunk in the next book)
Highly recommend. Give it a shot.