Spell Blind

David B. Coe. Baen, $25 (320p) ISBN 978-1-4767-8024-5

Coe (the Blood of the Southlands epic fantasy series) brings deep knowledge of both fantasy and mystery to his well-structured first urban fantasy novel. Justis Fearsson is a weremyste, someone who loses much of his sanity near the full moon. This condition cost him his job as a police officer; now he’s a PI for hire. But the unsolved Blind Angel murders still haunt him, and he gets drawn back into the investigation when the latest victim is the daughter of a prominent politician. As he digs for clues, he encounters shady drug dealers, shadier magicians, and a beautiful reporter and blogger named Billie Castle. His former partner, Kona, is still on the force, and she assists in his mortal detective work while an ancient ghost helps him improve his magic. Coe may be on oft-trod ground, but he tells an entertaining story with a good mystery at its core. Agent: Lucienne Diver, Knight Agency. (Jan.)
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