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"Doubletake" by Rob Thurman

March 26, 2012 - Amy Phelps
New York Times bestseller Rob Thurman returns to the Cal Leandros series in "Doubletake."

Half-human half-monster Cal relies on his brother to help keep him human and remind him why he fights the good fight. Ever since a bout of amnesia, Cal's once seperate human/monster sides have blended together, and the "new" Cal is still adjusting. But no matter what, he is still protective of his brother, Niko. So when Niko's absentee father shows up on their doorstep, wanting their help for a clan problem that may spill over into the whole city, Cal's first reaction is to put the fear of, well, Cal into him for leaving Niko with their crazy mother. But is it an offer they can really refuse?

Meanwhile, their "friend" and puck Robin Goodfellow, wants their help in overseeing the puck family reunion to make sure it doesn't get too violent. This doesn't sound like a fun way to spend an evening, but the money is good, and the two brothers agree, hoping only to live to regret it.

But while overly hormonal Pucks and clan curses might seem to be the biggest problems Cal is facing, little does he know that another branch of the family is reaching out to him - one that is both evil and lethal and spells the end to everything Cal has worked to maintain. Is this one battle Cal won't be able to walk away from?

This dark and sinster story of family (both good and bad) will satisfy fans of the series and of dark urban fantasy. While I enjoyed the last book in the series more than this one, Cal is still a cool anti-hero that delivers the goods.

"Doubletake" is publisehd by Roc. It is $7.99 and is 339 pages long.


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