The majority of Prosaic City’s residents don’t know that their town exists on top of another place -- Necropolis, City of the Undead. For the most part, the two planes of existence manage to remain separate. And when they don’t, Necropolis Enforcement has beings in place to ensure the general human population remains blithely clueless.Victoria Wolfe is more than just a policewoman. She’s an undercover werewolf assigned by Necropolis Enforcement to work Prosaic City Police’s Night Beat. Victoria’s comfortable working the shift where all the weird comes out to play, especially since her partner is also her perfect man. Or would be, if Victoria could ever work up the nerve to tell him she isn’t like other girls.It’s hard enough being a werewolf in disguise, but when a creature from the Depths of Hell shows up in an alley preferred by junkies, bums, and hookers, it’s going to take more than just Victoria’s special gun and werewolf skills to subdue the ancient Sumerian demon. Especially when the demon is merely the start of what appears to be a major takeover attempt by the Prince of Darkness.Soon all of Necropolis Enforcement’s Undead Brigade is involved in the fight to stop the Prince’s Major Minions from taking over Prosaic City and the rest of the human plane. But it’s Victoria who has to face the Adversary and figure out what intricate plan Lucifer has up his wings before everyone she cares about is destroyed.In other words, it’s just another day on the Night Beat.
- Release Date: July 2nd, 2012
- Series: Necropolis Enforcement Files
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I am such a Gini Koch fan, that when I found out she was giving Urban Fantasy a shot, I had to try it out. Gini’s undeniably unique voice is definitely recognizable in The Night Beat and it was awesome!
I really enjoyed that we don’t really start at the beginning of Victoria’s journey. She is already an agent and has a history with the people around her, so it was very cool to learn about that history as the story went on.
However, because a lot of the relationships Victoria has are already established, it was a bit more difficult than normal to connect with them. It took longer than normal for me, but I did get there eventually.
Gini Koch’s trademark fast-paced and hectic storytelling is definitely present and it made me very happy. There is a lot of background info necessary to help readers get into the story, but Gini delivered that greatly and without info dumping.
All in all, I love The Night Beat. It wasn’t my favorite Gini Koch book, but it was a great start to a very promising new series. I cannot wait for more =)