Book Two in the Hollows series, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead takes up Rachel Morgan's adventures once again, after she has survived a break with Inderlander Security or I.S., the big bad law enforcement agency that she was once a part of. After escaping assassins and having a few run-ins with Trent Kalamack, a bigwig in the city of Cincinnati, she is now self-employed as a detective. She and her roommate Ivy, as well as the pixy, Jenks, run an agency called "Vampiric Charms."
In this book, Rachel is hired by the Federal Inderlander Bureau, or FIB, to investigate a missing ley line witch. There are two kinds of witches in Rachel's world—the kind that use charms to cast spells and the kind that use the earth's natural ley lines as sources of power. Charm witches need physical charms that they've cooked up in their kitchen to cast a spell, but ley line witches just draw energy from the earth and then cast their spells. Rachel has generally been a charm witch and she's always been suspicious of ley line witches, since that kind of magic can lead to corruption.
However, when Rachel takes up the case of the missing witch, she finds that there have actually been a number of such missing witches in Cincinnati of late; this is not an isolated case. It also turns out that these witches all had a certain teacher in common, and Rachel signs up for that teacher's class where she discovers her innate ley line powers which are really intense. However, she's convinced that Trent Kalamack is behind everything and her distrust of him is justified because Trent is the biggest supplier of a drug named Brimstone in Cincinnati; he has his fingers in a number of illegal pies. However, as Rachel looks into all possible avenues of investigation, she discovers the real culprit whose identity comes as a surprise.
In this book, we see the reappearance of the demon Algaliarept who gave Rachel a demon mark in the first book, infecting her perfect aura with some darkness. There's also some romance because Rachel has a boyfriend named Nick, but there are also some smoldering scenes between her and her roommate, Ivy. Rachel's character also develops because now that she's on her own, she realizes that it's a dog-eat-dog world and picks up the skills to keep herself alive. However, it's hard to do this without invoking demons and Rachel is forced to go over to the dark side once in a while.
Kim Harrison is a self-proclaimed "tomboy" who grew up in a family full of boys. Although she always wanted to be a writer, she avoided English and writing classes, preferring to work on her writing by herself. She started out with the idea of writing science fiction but then switched to contemporary fantasy. Her real name is Dawn Cook and she has published two series, the Hollows series, starring Rachel Morgan, under the name Kim Harrison, and the Princess and Truth series under her real name. She splits her time between South Carolina and Michigan and is currently a full-time writer.
Rachel Morgan is back and in more trouble than ever! Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and other vampire novels won't want to miss the second novel in Kim Harrison's addictive supernatural series. Former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She's survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate, Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend-what more could a witch want? But living with a reformed vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when your roommate's very bad ex-boyfriend wants her back and wouldn't mind you in the process. And especially when he's six feet of sheer supernatural seduction and you've got a demon mark that makes vampires literally hotter than hell. To save herself and Ivy, Rachel must confront the vampire master-and the dark secrets she's hidden even from herself. Download and start listening now!