Night Life (Nocturne City, Book 1)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 4th March 2008); Hachette Gollancz (UK: 10th June 2010; AU: August 2010)
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A ritualistic serial killer is on the loose in Nocturne City, and Detective Luna Wilder teams up with a fellow werewolf to investigate…
Yep, a werewolf named Luna Wilder, which is preposterous mostly because no character finds the link funny/strange. That would have been too obvious.
The plot relies a lot on stereotypes – Luna’s the only female in the PD, and there’s a misogynist/sexist who constantly riles her, and the captain’s corrupt, and so are the district attorney and his staff…
When Luna is a competent employee conducting her investigation legally, such as meeting with a university professor, she’s actually quite affable. As for the rest of the time…Look, I understand bitchiness. It can be particularly vicious at certain times of the moon cycle. But the rule of basic manners: don’t bitch to those who are nice to you. Seriously. Luna’s lucky enough to have a supportive cousin and lieutenant, but she’s totally rude to them both. She even dares to call Sunny a bitch – the hypocrisy, it burns! Luna claims that people don’t like her because she’s a werewolf, but I suspect they don’t like her endless bitching.
Dmitri Sandovsky is a former (?) drug-dealing pimp, though he claims he only did that to make some money when he first came to the country from Ukraine. Normally I love international characters, but Dmitri’s back story is more of a plot point than who he is. He doesn’t even swear in the mother language, so I felt somewhat bereft.
The pack (and out of it) hierarchy doesn’t seem entirely logical. Luna is Insoli, a wolf without a pack, yet she manages to dominate pack wolves in their territory. Huh?
My comments here may suggest that I don’t like this book, but I actually do, and quite a lot. For better or worse, Night Life is a roaring page-turner that should give book clubs much to discuss.
Squick spoiler: Luna’s lover phases to a wolfish form during coitus. So…I think that counts as bestiality. Just thought you should know.