By Linda Grimes
Tor Books, Paperback, 9780765331816, 348pp.
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
QUICK FIX the second installment of the original urban fantasy series by LINDA GRIMES.
Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them "as" them is working a job at the National Zoo with her boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It's supposed to be a quick fix, giving her time to decide if it's wise to pursue the romantic relationship her charming scoundrel of a best friend wants, or if she should give Mark, the CIA spook she's crushed on since hormones first rattled her pubescent brain, a chance to step up to the plate.
Molly has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. She's young for it, but she's always been precocious, so it's not impossible. What "is" impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches adaptors can only project "human" auras. Until now, apparently. Worse, Molly is stuck in ape form. She can't change herself back.
Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for New York City and the only person they know can help: Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who's determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who's been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?
Praise for In a Fix
“Bright, fizzy, sexy and amusing—the perfect antidote to an attack of post-summer blues.”
“Fans of both hard and soft fantasy and crime drama will love [the] protagonist’s spunky, irreverent attitude as well as Grimes’s character-building skills and unusual storyline.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“Seamlessly blending humor and action, Grimes thoroughly impresses with her debut novel. This deliciously sexy and fun-filled romp simply is a must-read.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick!