on January 5th 2016
Series: Bone Street Rumba #2
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Set in New York
Also in this series: Half-Resurrection Blues (Bone Street Rumba, #1), Battle Hill Bolero
The streets of New York are hungry tonight... Carlos Delacruz straddles the line between the living and the not-so alive. As an agent for the Council of the Dead, he eliminates New York’s ghostlier problems. This time it’s a string of gruesome paranormal accidents in Brooklyn’s Von King Park that has already taken the lives of several locals—and is bound to take more.
The incidents in the park have put Kia on edge. When she first met Carlos, he was the weird guy who came to Baba Eddie's botánica, where she worked. But the closer they’ve gotten, the more she’s seeing the world from Carlos’s point of view. In fact, she’s starting to see ghosts. And the situation is far more sinister than that—because whatever is bringing out the dead, it’s only just getting started.
In Half-Resurrection Blues we met Carlos, a half-dead agent for the New York Council of the Dead. He has no memory of the time before he was killed and sort of brought back to life. He had a short fling with a woman he met who is like him and she left him when she found out that she was pregnant. It is now several months later.
Kia is 16 and runs a Santeria shop after school. When she was 7 she went with her beloved older cousin Gio to watch a house of a friend of his. The friend said that there were strange men outside his house every night and Gio wanted to see what was going on. That night the men, who appeared to be made out of bugs, attacked his friend Jeremy. Gio disappeared a few months later. Kia is still mourning him deeply. When she is attacked by a ghost in a park, she gains the ability to see the dead and it unnerves her. She also finds out that the bug men were real and that they are back.
Older writes great characters. In this book I particularly liked Reza. She is a bodyguard for a prostitution ring. She likes to dress in menswear and prides herself on being very dapper. Four months ago her girlfriend went missing while on a job. No trace of her has been found. Now another woman from the company was abducted. Reza and her boss decide to shut down the prostitution business and go after people that they decide are evil. This brings them into contact with Carlos and Kia when their investigations overlap.
I liked this book in the series better than the first. I’m interested to see how this series develops.