The Better Part of Darkness is book one in the Charlie Madigan series. It is an introduction to a unique world inhabited by humans, charbydons (demon-like) and elysian (heaven-like) beings. In this world creatures from alternate dimensions visit earth, bringing a variety of cultures and the danger of crime with them.
Recognizing that the visitors are stronger than humans, a task force made up of humans and elysians was created in the hope of putting the police on semi-equal footing with the criminals. Charlie’s partner, Hank, is a siren whose enticing voice makes people want to tell him everything forcing him to wear a voice modifier. He knows more than he lets on and could prove to be an interesting character as the series progresses.
It’s really refreshing to read about a kick-ass mama like Charlie who realizes her child comes before everything. Her kid is always on her mind and while her personal life is a hot mess, she manages to put her all into her work.
I enjoyed this story more than I thought I would. I thought it would be “ho-hum,” but it made me think a little bit, offered me carrots to follow (right into book two), and gave me exciting realizations that the story was no where near complete. Book two, The Darkest Edge of Dawn, will be released in August 2010 according to Amazon.