Title: This Case Is Gonna Kill Me
Publisher: Tor/Forge
Imprint: Tor Books
Pub Date: September 04, 2012
ISBN: 9780765326829
Author: Bornikova, Phillipa

Marketing Copy:

What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power—our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks,” and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires, werewolves, and elves—or, on occasion, to live at the Seelie Court.

Linnet Ellery is the offspring of an affluent Connecticut family dating back to Colonial times. Fresh out of law school, she’s beginning her career in a powerful New York “white fang” law firm. She has high hopes of eventually making partner.

But strange things keep happening to her. In a workplace where some humans will eventually achieve immense power and centuries of extra lifespan, office politics can be vicious beyond belief. After some initial missteps, she finds herself sidelined and assigned to unpromising cases. Then, for no reason she can see, she becomes the target of repeated, apparently random violent attacks, escaping injury each time through increasingly improbable circumstances. However, there’s apparently more to Linnet Ellery than a little old-money human privilege. More than even she knows. And as she comes to understand this, she’s going to shake up the system like you wouldn’t believe….

My Review:

This is an awesome story. Linnett goes to work at a White Fang (read vampire) law firm after one of the partners recommends her. Quickly enough she learns she was hired as part of a power struggle between partners. Great start to a new job, huh? It couldn’t get worse you would reckon? Try having your boss ripped apart by a werewolf. That’s as far into the story as I am going, as I already feel I’ve gone too far.

I thought the new take on vampires and werewolves was great without displaying any of the usual cliches that seem to have surrounded these types of books. Phillips’s approach came over very refreshing and authentic – much, much better then I had hoped to the point that I needed to finish this book at the cost of almost everything else.

Evertything suffered, especially my own writing, as I read this. It twists and turns in the most unexpected ways, constantly surprising even a long-term reader like myself. There is a bit of talk of this being the new Anita Blake, but I am happy to say that this goes its own path in a delightful fashion. We do not learn too much about our characters, but I only saw this as an opportunity to expand on this new world of Bornikova’s – one I will be happy to go back to with the next release. Don’t worry about a sequel – this book is paving the way for one.

Now that I have said all of that, I will let you in on one of the worst kept secrets. Phillipa Bornikova is really Melinda Snodgrass, and she is well and truly in form with this book. I am already anxiously awaiting the next. So what is it, Melinda?

My Rating:

5 vamps out of 5