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{April 22, 2013}   {Review} Identity Theft by John Abramowitz

17669135From Goodreads: A man walks into the Texas Capitol. Shots ring out. A young aide lies dead. The killer’s excuse? He was under a spell.

Sounds like a job for Hunter Gamble, right?

Wrong. After his disastrous “victory” in the trial of Samuel Pollard, Hunter has turned his back on defending oppressed vampires, mages, and zombies. Having accepted a position at his father’s giant litigation firm, he’s trying the glamorous cases, working in a corner office, and making a six-figure salary–and hating every minute of it.

As Hunter plots his exit strategy, he finds himself inexorably drawn to the case of the Capitol shooter, who is an old friend from law school. As he works to clear his friend, Hunter discovers that there is much more at stake in this case than whether one man was under a spell. Before long, he finds himself pulled into a magical conspiracy dating back to before the Unveiling–and with a singularly cold-blooded wizard at its heart.

The clock is ticking. The search for answers is on. And the author of Atticus for the Undead invites you to come along for the thrill ride–and get the magic back.

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In this sequel to Atticus for the Undead, Abramowitz presents readers with another interesting court case, further developing the character of Hunter Gamble as he faces his most formidable opponent yet.  I really enjoyed the deeper development of Hunter in this novel, especially as he must come to terms with the realization that not all he believes is necessarily true.  With his desire to help a colleague in need and the revelations about his own father, Hunter must tread lightly in order to save much more than his client, and as he really came into himself, I enjoyed him more and more.  Hunter is a very complex character, struggling to do what is right, but learning that not all is what it seems, and nothing is as cut and dry as he’d like it to be.  Once again, he’s under fire as he takes on a huge case, going against his ideals that all Arcanes are human and have rights, muddying the water as he attempts to root out evil and save as many lives as possible.  But. is this evil really evil?

Whereas we learned much about witches and zombies in the first novel, Abramowitz focuses on two new groups in this sequel: magicians and the fae.  It was really fun learning about them, especially the fae as I’ve always enjoyed reading about their courts and changelings, an idea Abramowitz uses to his advantage as he throws many twists at his characters. Perhaps the biggest twist came right at the end, throwing the reader for a loop much like the prequel did, and I must say, this is a very good read.  We have both old and new characters alike in this novel, and as the story unfolds, it’s hard not to be enthralled with the court proceedings, especially as everything comes to light.

If you’ve enjoyed Grisham novels with their fast-paced legal drama, and you enjoy the paranormal at all, then I highly suggest you pick up this novel. Three and a half stars.

3.5 starsI received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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