Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick
Standard Urban Fantasy cover.
When mysterious mystical disappearances disrupt her career, struggling actress Esther Diamond teams up with Maximillian Zadok, an eccentric elderly wizard whose day job is protecting the Big Apple from Evil. Meanwhile, the sexy NYPD detective investigating the disappearances fears that Esther and Max may be a bigger problem than the vanishing performers.
Yep, there’s 4 other volumes now.
No. No, it is not. It was a decent UF until the end, of which more later.
Muggle Heroine! It was somewhat refreshing that Esther was the main character completely without magic or other fantasy talent.
“Other”-ing. I don’t think I’m being too sensitive when I say that I found Esther’s repeated use of “exotic” (referring to her love interest, no less!) off-putting. He was half-Irish, half-Cuban, and it seemed pretty obvious that it was the Latino part of his heritage that she was referring to with that extremely iffy adjective.
SPOILERS BELOW THIS POINT!!
Rape. Now, I don’t like reading about rape, but if it’s handled sensitively, it doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker, as far as the rest of the book/series goes. This was at the end of the book. The idea was that the villain had called up a demon that was going to give him power, but the demon’s payment was to rape a virgin. Esther realizes that because many magical rituals require abstinence, and he’s very dedicated to his magic, the villain himself must be a virgin, and cavalierly hands him over to the demon for a rapin’. Now, I realize that this is an ironic fate for the villain, and all, but it was definitely written for laughs (or at least smirks), and I just…
I felt a little sick to my stomach, is what I felt. And still feel, thinking about it now.
I could mention how, apart from the two negative things mentioned above, it was a decent UF. I didn’t fall in love with it, and the banter between the two romantic leads lacked spark (not that you have to have banter, but there was banter, it was just a little lame), but that’s not a dealbreaker. You know what is, though? Cavalier treatment of rape. The end.
Borrowed from library, hands washed after returned.