Devil’s Bargain (Red Letter Days, #1) by Rachel Caine
Mass Market Paperback, 331 pages
Published October 5th 2012 by Mira (first published August 1st 2005)
What’s the price of a deal with the devil?Playing by the psychic underworld’s rules has cost.Jazz Callender’s whole life just got turned upside down. Her friend Ben’s been convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, and Jazz is determined to clear his name, even if it means enlisting the help of dark forces.
Enter James, a stranger with a mysterious offer. If Jazz pledges to work for The Cross Society, a shadowy secret organisation, he’ll help her save Ben.
But as she’s thrust into a world of psychic powers and dangerous magic, Jazz isn’t just bargain for her friend’s freedom. She’s bargaining for her soul too.
And how high a price is she willing to pay? – Goodreads
My Opinion: I enjoyed this. I really like mysteries and Private Detectives. We get the perspective of Jazz Callender, a former cop who’s partner was was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit (supposedly). The plot was actually really cool. We start of with action and through out the novel we experience a lot of gun fights and hand to hand fighting. The book starts off in a bar that Jazz is drinking at and she is interrupted by James , a lawyer, who wants her to open up a private detective’s agency with Lucia (who was picked by the firm that he works for). Throughout the novel, the firm gives them little “missions” like watching someone or taking pictures. They find this extremely weird, but they accept it because without the firm they wouldn’t be able to have established their agency as well as meet each other.
Anyways, the story was action packed and a great page turner. The plot was interesting and the characters were complex and almost complete opposites of each other. Jazz is like your girl-next-door tomboy while Lucia is this glamorous spy and they work really well together because they are each others complements and opposites.
Lucia and Jazz were awesome but my favorite character had to be Manny. He is the FBI’s most respected forensic analyst but now because of his past he works privately and VERY securely and SAFE. He is what I would consider that safety base. Lucia and Jazz go to him when they need help with forensics as well as when they need a safe place to be, because they became targets thanks to their very friendly and mysterious lawyers!
The book was packed with action and the plot flowed very well from one scene to the next. And the cover looks awesome, doesn’t it?
Overall: 4.5 out of 5