Dead on the Delta

Dead on the Delta

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In present day Louisiana, a virulent plague is being spread by fairies. Long believed to be creatures that only existed in fairy tales, a chemical spill in the Mississippi River jumps the fairies evolutionary track forward, turning them from microscopic harmless things to two inch, insect-like creatures with three sets of teeth and a single-minded hunger for human flesh and blood. 75% of those bitten will slowly go mad from the poisons fairies pump into the blood to incapacitate their victims. 10% will escape madness, but will develop cancerous ulcers on their spine that lead to a slow and painful death. 10% will suffer an immediate allergic reaction that will cause violent seizures and lead to a quick death. 5% are immune, and these people are often drafted into service by the government to invade the swamps to collect samples from the fairies, in hopes of finding a cure for the death and destruction they're causing. Alcoholic misfit Annabelle Lee is one of those drafted into service at Fairy Containment Control, and it's out on a job where she discovers the body of a little girl. Since the body is right off the swamp, the police assume that she's a victim of the fairies. But even to Annabelle, a glorified lab tech at best, something doesn't look right. Now she's on the trail to find out the truth. Was this just another fairy death brought on by a curious eight-year-old who wandered outside her house after dark? Or was it murder committed by someone who wanted the fairies to take care of the evidence?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 106 x 170 x 24mm | 199.58g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • POCKET BOOKS
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1439189862
  • 9781439189863
  • 204,647

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1 6% (140)

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Dead On The Delta is the first UF book in a series by Stacy Jay and features 28 year old med school drop out Annabelle Lee who lives in a town called Donaldsonville in Louisiana and works for Fairy Containment and Control. She is a troubled woman who has had a difficult life. She is also an alcoholic who can't sleep at night without popping her sleeping pills. Annabelle lives in a world where faeries exist, not your average faerie but mutated killer faeries that live on human blood. There is also a new drug called Breeze which is doing the rounds that is made from faerie poo and bleach. If a faerie bites you and you are allergic to the venom you will either die immediately or go insane with eventual death in the next few years. However some people like Annabelle are immune to the faerie venom, it is these immune people who work the areas infested by the mutated faeries, collecting samples or helping police with crime scenes. It is an area like this where Annabelle finds herself collecting evidence from the half eaten body of 6 year old Grace Beauchamp for the police and her detective boyfriend Cane. The murder of Grace and newly found Breeze houses in Donaldsonville bring the FBI to town and Annabelle finds herself in the middle of the action whilst confronting the ex love of her life Hitch. I so loved this book. It was quite different from the usual UF, Annabelle was not a kick ass heroine, none of the humans had any special powers and the fae were the only supernatural creatures in the book. Ms Jay did a great unusual take on the fae which I really enjoyed. Annabelle comes across as a normal human being who shows her fear to us in daunting situations. I immediately felt that I could connect with Annabelle, she has difficulties, an addiction and constantly puts herself down thinking that she is not good enough and she doesn't understand why other people would care for her. But even though she messes up at her job and life in general she is very kind hearted and she wants to try and make her life better. There is one scene in the book where she is arguing with her ex-boyfriend Hitch where I could totally feel her pain and I just wanted to reach into the pages and give her a hug. It seemed that not a lot happened in the story even though there was a murder and drug crimes to solve, I think this is down to there not being any big fight scenes with guns and katanas. I really like Ms Jay's style of writing she creates a vivid picture where I could easily imagine myself being, I couldn't put the book down. Saying that it was not a book that I rushed, I did savour it. This is a book that has some unexpected turns that I look forward to reading in the next book. It also kept me guessing right until the end. I would like to give this book 5 stars, and if you read it I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The next book in the series Blood On The Bayou is out sometime next year and is already on my book list.show more
by Claire Smith
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