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This review is from: Madhouse (Mass Market Paperback)
If you are tired of leatherclad tattooed female heroines which seem to litter the urban fantasy bookshelves and you would like a change of scrummy things to look at, have a look at Rob Thurman's work. She's created a dark underbelly of New York, populated by supernatural creatures who rub shoulders with normal people...and if only normal people knew what lurked in the dark.
This, the third book in the series (with more to come in the pipeline) is simply unput-down-able. I had to force myself to go slow, to drag out the rapidly approaching end.
The characters, Cal and his brother Niko are vividly portrayed in an interesting setting with new twists on the supernatural genre. They come across as being very real in a way a lot of the urban fantasy heroines aren't - they joke, they hurt, they are sexy, kickass and totally unorthodox and incredibly moody and deadpan. Oh, the one liners - Buffy, this is the way to do it. Reading Rob's work is like like watching a Guilermo del Toro movie - anything can happen. And it does. Twice. With fangs and claws.
The series starts with Nightlife and carries onto Moonshine with Madhouse being the third instalment. The first two books are equally good but I think, with Madhouse, that Rob managed to get a decent hold on the characters and it is the best book thus far in the series and knowing how hard she works to keep us, her fans happy, I'm pretty sure the rest of the series will be even better.