Monday, January 30, 2012

The Power of StonesThe Power of Stones by John A. Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Blurb:
Life has always been a little strange for Noah Morgan, an ex-con working below the radar as an unlicensed private detective in San Francisco, but strange doesn’t begin to describe the goings on as he is hired to investigate the disappearance of a priceless Guarneri del Gesu violin. At the same time, his name keeps cropping up in the oddest places in connection with the thirty-year-old heist of a fabulous trove of jewels, the centerpiece of which is a spectacular 40 carat green diamond. Sought after, in quick succession, by the FBI, an energy mogul who brings new meaning to the word evil, and an urbane East Bay gangster, all of whom believe that he has the diamond, Noah discovers that he is also the focus of intense—and at times deadly—interest by various and sundry denizens of a previously unsuspected spirit world. An amorous faerie, a beautiful but murderous Ukrainian vampire, the demonic leader of the 18th century Haitian slave rebellion, and a scarily powerful dark entity named Mildred are but a few of the characters Noah encounters in his efforts to not only find the missing violin, but also, and most importantly, stay alive.

My review:
This urban fantasy features Noah Morgan, an ex-attorney and ex-con who works as a "Consultant". 

This story follows Noah as he searches for a priceless stolen violin. Meanwhile good guys, bad guys, and all of the underworld are searching for him believing he alone knows the whereabouts of some even more priceless stolen jewels.

Noah is not your average unlicensed PI, however. Noah can see auras. Sometimes. And Noah has a pet tarantula named Josephine. And a scary gypsy-looking lady following him around. And Noah has vampires who want to steal his life force, and a faerie who'd like something even more personal from him. 

It is a complicated, ethical, mystifying and mysterious, and thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying read.  

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