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ISBN13: 9780857662729
ISBN10: 0857662724
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Cora and her husband hunt things - things that shouldn't exist. When the marshal of Leadville, Colorado, comes across a pair of mysterious deaths, he turns to Cora to find the creature responsible, but if Cora is to overcome the unnatural tide threatening to consume the small town, she must first confront her own tragic past as well as her present.

File Under: Dark Fantasy [ Winter Chill | Small Town Blues | Dead Reckoning | Sharp Shooter ]

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About the Author

Lee Collins has spent his entire life in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he generally prefers to stay indoors reading and playing video games. As a child, he never realized that he could create video games for a living, so he chose to study creative writing at Colorado State University. Upon graduation, he worked as an editorial intern for a local magazine before securing a desk job with his alma mater.

Lee's short fiction has appeared in Ensorcelled and Morpheus Tales, the latter of which awarded him second place in a flash fiction contest. In 2009, a friend challenged him to participate in National Novel Writing Month, and the resulting manuscript became his debut novel, Dead of Winter.

In his spare minutes between writing and shepherding graduate students at his day job, Lee still indulges in his oldest passions: books and video games. He and his girlfriend live in Colorado with their imaginary corgi Fubsy Bumble.

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emmejo, June 14, 2013 (view all comments by emmejo)
When a pair of men in Leadville, CO are killed gruesomely, local law enforcement doesn't have a clue how to proceed. Luckily, Cora Oglesby and her husband ride into town. They quickly decide that this is exactly the sort of supernatural attack they are best at handling and cut a deal with the Marshal to take out the animal that has been eating townfolk. But soon they and the little mining town are drawn into a larger battle against an ancient vampire who has quite a grudge against Cora.

I really enjoyed this book. The pacing is fast, but steady and easy to follow. The author makes a good use of foreshadowing and hinting at events to come, engaging the reader in wondering if things will really play out the way they seem like they will. Collins cleverly drops plot twists without irritating, alienating or overly confusing the reader.

Cora is an interesting, tough character surrounded by equally intriguing side characters. I felt like Cora was one of the most realistic heroines I've read recently in the paranormal genre. She's hard, but not invulnerable; worries a reasonable amount about the people around her, but trusts that they are smart enough to stay safe; the author avoids making her a stunning beauty, and instead gives her a compelling personality; she makes some serious mistakes, but pulls herself together to try and fix them.

My one complaint is that the two jobs they take feel rather disjointed, as if the author had originally had two novella-length stories and combined them. The author mentions that NaNoWriMo got him writing, so if this story was written for that, it might explain some of plotting stagger.

I can't wait to read the next one in the series, She Returns from War.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780857662729
Author:
Collins, Lee
Publisher:
Angry Robot
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
fantasy;western
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.9 x 4.2 x 1 in 0.4063 lb

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