Under the Gun
Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013
The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
When you’re near the top of the Underworld Detection Agency, the claws really come out…
Quick thinking and loyalty have taken human Sophie Lawson a long way in the UDA—along with a healthy dose of magic immunity. But when her old boss Pete Sampson asks for help after a mysterious two-year disappearance, she’s determined to find out what high-placed demon has put two ruthless werewolf killers on his tail. Of course, sucking up to her icy vampire department head and negotiating a treacherous inter-office demon battle are the kind of workplace politics that could easily get a “breather” way worse than reprimanded. And sexy fallen angel Alex is doing whatever it takes to heat up Sophie’s professional cool and raise feelings she’s done her best to bury. Too bad their investigation is about to uncover the Agency’s darkest secrets…and powerful entities happy to sign one inquisitive human’s pink slip in blood…
What G & U are talking about:
Under the Gun is the fourth book in the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles. This is a series that we strongly recommend you start from the beginning. Gikany and Una jumped into this series with book four and wished they had started it from the beginning. The main character, Sophie Lawson, makes repeated references to events that occurred in the previous books that have shaped who she is and why she takes the actions that she does. The biggest reason we wished we had started with Under Wraps, the first book in the series, is that the book is hysterically funny. There were times that we had to stop reading to wipe the tears of laughter from our eyes before we could continue. However, we cannot help but wonder how many subtle references and humorous inferences we may have missed out on.
The main thread of Under the Gun is Sophie’s struggle to find the serial killer who is tearing apart young women in San Francisco before the werewolf hunters kill her former boss, Pete Sampson. The mystery in this book is well done. Ms. Jayne does an excellent job of keeping the killer a mystery without it feeling contrived. Sophie isn’t someone who can kick butt and take names. She’s physically weak, and terrified of guns. Her biggest strengths are her snarkiness, her stubbornness, and her recognition of her human frailty. She’s not afraid to ask for help when she needs it. One of the funniest scenes in the book is of her learning to use a sword so she has something to defend herself with.
Gikany and Una both enjoyed this Under the Gun and look forward to the next book in the series. Do yourself a favor and start this series from Under Wraps. You won’t regret it. We hope to go back and start the series from the beginning so we’ll be prepared for the next book.
Liked it – recommend (B+)