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Dragon Justice (Paranormal Scene Investigations #4)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  739 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
In my time with PUPI, formally known as Private, Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations, I've seen a lot. Learned a lot. And not all of it's been good. But what we do—make people accountable for crimes committed with magic—is important work.

Still. Even I need to take a break every now and again. Or so I've just been told (ordered).

So hey, vacation. Maybe I'll finally figur
Paperback, 330 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Harlequin Luna (first published January 1st 2012)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
And so ends yet another series. Darn. I really wanted more of this one.

I can’t decide if Laura Anne Gilman is better at worldbuilding or character building. The idea of Talent, people with the ability to control electric current, the new generation of witches and wizards; and fatae, the non-human magical creatures, is too good not to be explored in detail, which is why Gilman had two loosely connected series set in this universe. While I never made it past book two in The Retrievers series (not
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
It wasn't very long into this story before I was majorly disappointed. Apparently quite a chunk of time has passed, several months worth. There have been significant changes in PUPI, including the addition of more staff. Also, the big warning that Bonnie had gotten in the last book was resolved in the latest Retriever series. I'm haven't read that series, and had no idea that they would cross so strongly. This means if I really want to know what happened from all her big scary warning visions, I ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:

DRAGON JUSTICE is a book that belongs to many genres while simultaneously playing with the boundaries and conventions of all of them. Urban fantasy, but with a strong procedural flavor. Book four in a series, but with events that affect both the standalone mystery of DRAGON JUSTICE and the greater world in which the PUPs operate. A well structured, standalone mystery, but with“clues” commingled with background noise and longer arc story
JJ DeBenedictis
May 09, 2013 JJ DeBenedictis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish this one. In fact, I only got to page 12. So I have some 'splaining to do, don't I?

I don't know what it is about this author, but her books drive me up the wall. My brother loves them, however, and gave me the first four novels in her Retrievers series to try to spread that love. That didn't quite work out as he planned--I read the first two books, then donated all four to charity because I'd rather have chewed foil than read any more of that series.

So why did I try again? Why d
Aug 08, 2012 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

Dragon Justice is the fourth book in Laura Anne Gilman's Paranormal Scene Investigations Series, after Hard Magic, Pack of Lies, and Tricks of the Trade. She's been building this urban fantasy version of New York City and its world for quite a while, ever since the first book in her Retrievers series, Staying Dead. And what a world it is! If you love urban fantasy I dare to to read the words "Cosa Nostradamus" without your imagination opening up into a smil
May 21, 2012 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bonnie Torres is an Investigator for PUPI, a magical Police Agency. She is juggling three cases, a magical love connection with one of her bosses, and everyday life.

I'd never read a book in this series, nor had I heard of it. I am glad I finally did. I love Bonnie. She is strong, smart, and willful. My kind of heroine. A great mystery, loss, lessons learned, new friendships forged, and old one's made stronger. The only thing that disappointed was the one hook up scene was very lackluster. It rem
Scooper Speaks
Jul 30, 2012 Scooper Speaks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Lines: "Someone who came down looking for a romantic wooing--or at least some hot and heavy sexing--might have felt cheated at being cooped up in a dank subbasement listening to two guys bicker as they worked. I was, god help me, enchanted." (p. 130, e-galley)

Warning: This book is part of Laura Anne Gilman's Paranormal Scene Investigations' series. Do not try to read it as a stand alone. Another thing: I don't keep up with Gilman's Retriever series, but its heroine popped up quite a bit
Mar 04, 2014 J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this more stars, because most of the book was just as enjoyable as the last three, but the book - and series - ending was a hatchet job.

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I haven't written a review of this series as I read it and I'm still no further advanced in my thinking.

I like the books individually but it doesn't feel as though the characters really advance in the stories, even Bonnie the heroine doesn't really become any clearer. I have a suspicion that this is a spin off of the Retrievers series and if I read that all will become clear - but maybe not.

As always, the plot seems a little unclear to me - too little is explained to the lay reader who might not
Barbara ★
Another excellent installment in the Paranormal Scene Investigators series. I like that Benjamin Venec and Bonnie Torres are taking it slow regardless of The Merge. It's great to see the romance bloom and their slow acceptance of it.

I love the way they tackle investigations and the mind pings. Several things aren't new but handled in a totally new way which makes everything more exciting. It was a bit sad at the end when a prominent character dies.
Jan 16, 2016 Unwisely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2016
I needed something to read on the bus, and so I ended up with this book (library downloads are the savior of bus riders), even though I hadn't loved the last one. I have enough residual affection from the Retrievers books (which I apparently read mostly before I started keeping this log) to give it another try. Man, this one was not for me.

This series had had a bit of an identity crisis about whether it was going to be a romance novel or urban fantasy. The last book was kind of on the edge but t
Sep 02, 2012 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it
And the story keeps getting better and better. Laura Anne Gilman is one hell of a great story teller.
I want to give 3 stars, but can't since the system won't let me.

Once again, Laura Anne Gilman meanly and selfishly ends a series. What's with this? Look at all the series that go on forever, until you want to run screaming because you don't have book 6, and now the author just put out book 22.

But not Ms. Gilman, no, she cuts you off at the pass, every time.

This series is slightly related to The Retrievers, which she cruelly ended at book 6, I think. There are hints that there might be another.
Shay Williams
Jun 08, 2012 Shay Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, urban-fantasy
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Jul 15, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DRAGON JUSTICE Edgy entry in Laura Anne Gilman's PSI Series

Laura Anne Gilman
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Luna; Original edition (July 24, 2012)
Print Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Luna; Original edition (August 1, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services

In my time with PUPI, formally known as Private, Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations, I've seen a lot. Learned a lot. And not all of it's been good. B
Aug 05, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I've been a fan of Laura Anne Gilman's writing for many years. Her Retrievers series was some of the first urban fantasy I fell in love with and so I was quite excited to see a spinoff series emerge from it. DRAGON JUSTICE is the fourth book in this spinoff series and it stars one of the side characters from the Retrievers books: Bonnie Torres. I've liked Bonnie since the moment she set foot on the page in the Retrievers books and I'm so glad that Laura Anne Gilman decided to build a series arou ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragon Justice by Laura Anne Gilman
Well this one was a rollercoaster of emotions. I enjoy this series of books and it will be a book that I will reread in the future.
Bonnie has been a PUPI now for two years. They have expanded and have a lot of new trainys. She would rather be out if the field working or trying new spells than training.
Bonnie and Ben are still circling around the merge. Ben knows he is finding it harder to not caring about who she is seeing. Ben is not needed right now
Jul 09, 2012 Kt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

It's been two years since Bonnie and the rest of the crew were hired to form the PUPI investigative team. There's been plenty of ups and downs, but the work is important. Never before has anyone had the capability to bring down those responsible for magical crimes, making them incredibly valuable. The team runs itself ragged trying to keep up with the caseload, but none more than Bonnie. She's been ordered to take a much needed vacation, and
❂ Jennifer
Aug 09, 2012 ❂ Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I'm not really sure what to say about this book. I've just now put it down and it was just excellent. The paranormal team (I can NOT call them PUPI) stumbles across a series of really brutal, graphic murders - if I hadn't read the previous books and gotten to know the characters and their backgrounds, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this book as much; I might have found the murders a bit too dark and brutal.

Reading about the team - watching them really; it's written so well that I "see" it in
Sep 03, 2012 Estara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Jul 22, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DRAGON JUSTICE picks up several months after TRICKS OF THE TRADE left off, and PUPI is busier than ever. Nevertheless, Ian Stosser gives Bonnie Torres an off-the-books job that has inter-Cosa implications. With some help from her fatae contacts, she solves the case, and is ordered to take a vacation. In searching for something fun to do, Bonnie ends up taking the train to Philly to meet up with Ben Venec, the other Big Dog of PUPI, who's involved in a side job of his own at a local museum. They ...more
LOVE this series! Laura Ann Gilman is an amazing author and I know better but I made the mistake of starting it late at night and had to keep reading until I finished it.

Dragon Justice is the 4th in her Paranormal Scene Investigations series and like the others is set in the same world as her Retriever books. I love the way Gilman blends magic, mystery and forensic science into an intriguing story that pulls you in and won't let go. Bonita Torres has become a seasoned investigator and her perso
Lelia Taylor
Nov 17, 2012 Lelia Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-reviews
I first “discovered” the world of Cosa Nostradamus and the good folks from Private, Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations a few months ago, meaning that’s the first time I read one of the PUPI books although I’d known about them and other works by Laura Anne Gilman for quite a few years. I’ve regretted the lost time but my procrastination does mean there’s a lot for me to enjoy before I have to join the hapless many who wait impatiently for each new book.

The one I read last March was the third
Urban Fantasy Meets Forensic Investigations

Gilman created an amazing world in her Retrievers series, then made fans like me thrilled with a spin-off series. The story takes place in NYC and parallels our everyday world. What most of us Nulls don't know is that there is magic in the world. But rather than just stick to secret magic people in a non-believing world, Gilman added science. What her characters can do mimic many of the elements of electricity - they get a boost from generators and ligh
Kathy Martin
Jul 02, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fourth adventure in the Paranormal Scenes Investigation series had all the thrills and adventure that is the series' trademark. It combines police investigation, though the PUPIs aren't members of any police force, and magic. PUPI is an organization of magic users who investigate magical crimes. The story begins with an investigation of the kidnapping of a little human girl. Two members of the Fae bring the case to them because they don't want to be blamed for breaking the Palisades Treaty. ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it
Categories: Romance - Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


"Dragon Justice. It was cold, took in equal measure, and once the terms were set, there were no further strings."

Dragon Justice is the fourth novel and supposedly final book in the Paranormal Scene Investigators. If this is in fact the last book of the series, and from what I've heard it's true, it's such a shame.

Our main protagonist is 24-year old Bonita "Bonnie" Torres who is known affectionately as a PUPI. (Private, Unaffiliated Paranormal Inv
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Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I read at least one review that complained that this was repetitive. And that is a little bit true, but I think that's Gilman establishing the narrator's emotional state and explaining why she does something that she had been resisting for the entire previous time of the series. I ... actually I don't like that the reveal for what happened in Chicago didn't happen until the last book. It was occasionally alluded to in previous books, but not in a way that made me feel curious, mostly just in a w ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2014
What was supposed to be a sort of vacation for Bonnie and Venec away from the office turns into a high stakes case: a serial killer is hunting Talent and has been getting away with it for decades. The PUPI team's hunt for the killer, however, is not the only danger they will have to face as a seer has visions of one of their own ending up dead.
A thrilling paranormal read, just like the rest of the series. This one overlaps with the Retrievers series a bit more than the first three books, refere
Jul 27, 2014 Cyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series but this book was truly a major let down! The writing seemed, for lack of a better word, uninspired... The author explained the Merge with the same explanation of what it was and how Bonnie felt about it, over and over and over. Every description of Venec's posture was him 'holding up the wall'. There are several references to things that happened out of the book - in the Retrievers Series.

Also, All four books in the series lead up to the romance between Bonnie and Ben. (vie
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By the time she was fourteen, Laura Anne Gilman knew she would be an editor, a teacher, or a writer.

By thirty, she was all three. She's a little focused that way (when not being distracted by -oooh shiny!).

After fifteen years working in NY publishing, Laura Anne became a full-time writer, with more than twenty novels under her various bylines, including the SILVER ON THE ROAD, the Nebula Award-nom
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Other Books in the Series

Paranormal Scene Investigations (4 books)
  • Hard Magic (Paranormal Scene Investigations #1)
  • Pack of Lies (Paranormal Scene Investigations #2)
  • Tricks of the Trade (Paranormal Scene Investigations, #3)

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