Mark of the Demon
by Diana Rowland
Edited by Anne Groell
Cover Artist: Juliana Kolesova
Review by Beth Slater
Bantam Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553592351
Date: 23 June 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Kara Gillian achieves full Summoner by successfully calling a level 12 demon without letting any of her co-workers on the police force know about her summoning abilities. In Beaulac, LA, someone having any kind of supernatural abilities would not be looked upon as blessed, and Kara did not want her fellow detectives to suspect her of having any connections to this case that they had long considered cold. Hoping to use her occult skills to capture the killer she reads up on the case file immediately before another body is found with the same markings. With Kara as the only detective in the squad familiar with the case, her chief throws them all a curve ball and gives the newbie the case to head up. Thoughts a whirl but unsuspicious Kara is determined to prove her metal to her co-workers and her captain without giving up her secrets. From official release/information:
Product Description: Cop and conjurer of demons, she's a woman in danger of losing control—to a power that could kill.... Why me? Why now? That's what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who's already claimed the lives—and souls—of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he's back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.
Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac's small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head...