Devil's Bargain

Devil's Bargain

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Jazz Callender's whole life just got turned upside down.

Her friend Ben's been convicted of a crime he didn't commit and Jazz is determined to clear his name, even if it means enlisting the help of dark forces. Enter James, a stranger with a mysterious offer. If Jazz pledges to work for The Cross Society, a shadowy secret organisation, he'll help her save Ben.

But as she's thrust into a world of psychic powers and dangerous magic, Jazz isn't just bargaining for her friend's freedom. She's bargaining for her soul too. And how high a price is she willing to pay?"

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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 20mm | 230g
  • MIRA
  • Richmond, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848451563
  • 9781848451568
  • 416,444

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1,639 ratings
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I've never read anything by Rachel Caine before. I do have some of her books in my TBR Pile (which isn't getting smaller, believe me). But it's definitely NOT the last book I've read by her. Not by a long shot. Devil's Bargain was originally released in 2005 with a slightly different cover. I'll have to say, I like the new cover better, even though the original cover is more accurate. Anyway... Back to the book. :-) Jazz is in a downhill slide. She was a decorated homicide detective, her ex-partner is behind bars for a murder he swears he didn't do and her new hobby consists of two things; drinking to forget and investigating her ex-partner, Ben McCarthy's case. But things have a habit of happening around Jazz, and not always the good kind. One night when she's determined to get so drunk she can't remember where she's been - and who she is, a stranger comes walking into the bar. Normally this wouldn't be strange at all, new people come into bars all the time, but there's a difference this time. First off all, the guy is wearing brand new leathers (they still smell and sound new), he's definitely NOT a though guy (even though he's trying to be one) and more mysterious... He has a red envelope for Jazz with her name on, but haven't been following her and this is the first time she's visiting the bar (and the last, but that's another story). In the envelope there is a new start for Jazz. And for her new partner, Lucia, although their new start is for different reasons. Jazz needs the money, both so she can survive but also so she can dig deeper into Ben's case. Lucia needs the freedom. She craves it. She's been working with different agencies her entire life, she's good at what she does, don't get me wrong. But when you're constantly being told who, how and gets too much in the end. They (the Cross Society) are giving them the opportunity to start a private detective business with each other as partners and a check on one hundred thousand dollars. The catch? Once in a while they will get a red envelope with an assignment they have to fulfill. Nothing big and bad, mostly surveillance. Oh, the girls are not stupid. Everything about the company is being investigated before accepting anything. And I do mean EVERYTHING is being looked after. Lucia even goes so far she goes through their offices files when they're at a meeting with the company. Because when signing the contract, there's no turning back. And then you'd better hope you made the right deal. I loved this book. Not once did I think it was a little slow or boring, there was never a point where I wanted to skip or shim anything. Rachel Caine delivers a fast paced, action packed story with characters I couldn't help but to love. And there's just a hint of romance in it too. The guy in the new leathers who delivered the red envelope to Jazz? One yummy, hot lawyer. Unfortunately he also works for the Cross Society (the company who funded Jazz and Lucia's private detective business), and this does creates some... trouble for the pair. Especially since nothing really is what is seems at the company. There is a sequel to Devil's Bargain; Devil's Due, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. I really want to know more about Lucia, not to mention what role Ben will play in all this. And I will be digging into my TBR Pile and dust those other books off from Rachel Caine. Now I'm really curious about her other books! :-)show more
by Sabina
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin UK Ltd and Netgalley.) 34-year-old Jazz Callender is an ex-cop. Her ex-partner Ben is in jail for murder, but she's sure that he's innocent, she just can't prove it. One day she encounters a man in a bar called James Borden. He's a lawyer with Gabriel, Pike and Laskins (GP&L), and has a letter in a red envelope for her. The deal - she has to go into business with another woman who she has never met called Lucia, start a detective agency, and then do jobs for GP&L. In return - they'll give Jazz and Lucia $100,000 to set up their business, and $5000 per case which they then work for them. Neither Jazz nor Lucia can decide if it's a good idea to take the deal or not. But when someone then tries to kill them, they figure that they're targets already now, and take the deal. The deeper they get, and the more they find out Gabriel, Pike and Laskins, the less dealings they want to have with them though. The cases they are sent on are simple enough, but it seems like someone can see the future, and is trying to prevent events before they happen. How do GP&L know what is about to happen before anybody else? What are Jazz and Lucia getting themselves involved in? And should they continue to follow the instructions delivered in red envelopes? This was an interesting story, which was part crime drama and part supernatural mystery. The messages in the envelopes where all quite strange requests, that didn't seem to have any bearing on anything, but when followed, revealed occurrences that Jazz and Lucia couldn't overlook. Both Jazz and Lucia were quite strong female leads, and both knew how to look out for themselves and one another. They also had strong ideas about right and wrong, and weren't happy to blindly do as they were told all the time. Borden was an okay character, but I didn't fall for him the way Jazz did. The romance angle in this book was very brief though, the story was mainly concerned with the mystery of where the envelopes were really coming from and how someone knew what was going to happen before it happened. If anything, this book most reminded me of the TV show Angel, as there were several similarities. Angel's a private detective - Jazz's a private detective, Angel ends up working for a law firm Wolfram and Hart - Jazz ends up working for a law firm GP&L, Angel has his sidekicks - Jazz has her sidekicks, and ultimately, something supernatural is going on. Overall; a paranormal mystery/crime drama. 6.5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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