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The Lingering Dead
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The Lingering Dead
She cracks the FBI's toughest supernatural crimes, from Chicago's windy streets and beyond, into the next world. But a malevolent force now has her reputation—and her team—in its sights. . .
Jackie Rutledge has faced down everything from the darkest sorcery to uber-vengeful revenants. But heading up the Bureau's special paranormal unit is presenting unexpected challenges. Handling otherworldly egos and politics has never come easy to this loner agent. And opening up to her sexy vampire lover, Nick, is as unnerving as her unwanted new ability to slip between the realms of the living and the dead. . .
Now an insidious power holding helpless ghosts in thrall is using any means necessary to discredit Jackie and split her team apart for good. The only chance she has means baiting the terrifying Deadworld being stalking her dreams, hunting her every step—and growing ever more hungry for her ultimate sacrifice. . .
Praise for Deadworld
"The perfect dark fantasy." —Kat Richardson
"Bloody, delicious, twisted." —Lilith Saintcrow, New York Times bestselling author of the Jill Kismet, Hunter series
"Duncan's deftly subtle debut creeps up on you like a ghost in the night." —Mark Henry, author of Happy Hour of the Damned
"One hell of a debut novel in what could be the most promising urban fantasy series to hit the shelves this year." —freshfiction.com
She cracks the FBI's toughest supernatural crimes, from Chicago's windy streets and beyond, into the next world. But a malevolent force now has her reputation—and her team—in its sights. . .
Jackie Rutledge has faced down everything from the darkest sorcery to uber-vengeful revenants. But heading up the Bureau's special paranormal unit is presenting unexpected challenges. Handling otherworldly egos and politics has never come easy to this loner agent. And opening up to her sexy vampire lover, Nick, is as unnerving as her unwanted new ability to slip between the realms of the living and the dead. . .
Now an insidious power holding helpless ghosts in thrall is using any means necessary to discredit Jackie and split her team apart for good. The only chance she has means baiting the terrifying Deadworld being stalking her dreams, hunting her every step—and growing ever more hungry for her ultimate sacrifice. . .
Praise for Deadworld
"The perfect dark fantasy." —Kat Richardson
"Bloody, delicious, twisted." —Lilith Saintcrow, New York Times bestselling author of the Jill Kismet, Hunter series
"Duncan's deftly subtle debut creeps up on you like a ghost in the night." —Mark Henry, author of Happy Hour of the Damned
"One hell of a debut novel in what could be the most promising urban fantasy series to hit the shelves this year." —freshfiction.com
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 6, 2012
    In this fanciful continuation to the Deadworld series (following 2011’s Deadworld and The Vengeful Dead), Duncan’s Scooby Gang turns into a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Criminal Minds with mixed results. Leaving the FBI was difficult enough, but going from the FBI to a startup paranormal investigations company with no clients and no focus is even more terrifying than Jackie Rutledge ever imagined. Sure, she has a partner with unlimited funds and lavish tastes, and she heads a group of experts including one ghost and two undead, but how can Jackie lead anyone when she can’t even keep herself together? As she attempts to determine why the town of Thatcher’s Mill appears to have more than the average number of ghosts, the reader joins Jackie’s colleagues in fretting about her mental state, to the detriment of narrative tension.

  • Library Journal

    March 15, 2012

    In this third outing (Deadworld; The Vengeful Dead) of Duncan's Chicago-set urban detective fantasy, Jackie Rutledge, head of the FBI's paranormal unit, faces a powerful being bent on breaking up her team.

    Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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