Tricks of the Trade
By Laura Anne Gilman
(Luna, Paperback, 9780373803316, 352pp.)
Publication Date: November 2011
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When magic goes wrong, who are you going to call?
The name's Torres, Bonnie Torres, and I'm a paranormal scene investigatorrooting out the truth about crimes of magic. It's dangerous and boring and scary and fascinating. Though not everyone in the Cosa Nostradamus is happy we're around, which can make things tricky.
Working two caseslooking into a murder for the NYPD, and a rich man's break-inshould be well within our abilities. But when things start getting weird in the Electric Apple, Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations is stretched to the limits, trying to keep one step ahead and out of trouble. Add in rumors of a powerful creature gunning for us and it's not just our rep on the line this timeif we don't solve this case, everyone will suffer.
Fortunately, around here, when the going gets weird, the weird hire us.
"Gilman's deft plotting and first-class characters complement her agile blend of science and spell craft, and readers will love the Mythbusters-style fun of smart, sassy people solving mysteries through experimentation, failure, and blowing stuff up."
-Publishers Weekly on Hard Magic, starred review
"Features fast-paced action, wisecracking dialogue, and a pair of strong, appealing heroes."
-Library Journal on Curse the Dark
"An intelligent and utterly gripping fantasy thriller, by far the best of the Retrievers series to date."
-Publishers Weekly on Free Fall, starred review