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Mob Rules by Cameron Haley
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Nov 22, 2010

really liked it
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This fun, fast-paced urban fantasy tells the story of Domino Riley, a lieutenant for a powerful, magic-wielding, 6000-year-old mob boss in Los Angeles. Some of Domino's men have turned up dead; while that's not unusual in her line of work, what is unusual is that they were skinned alive and had all of their magic drained from them. Domino's investigations lead her to a rival mob boss, an ancient mystical king and hint at bigger, broader dangers that will likely unfold in later volumes. Domino herself a great character---full of spit and fire, she takes on monsters, gangsters and spirits all with equal ferocity and tenacity. She'll likely remind some people of Hamilton's Anita Blake, but there are touches that expand Domino a bit beyond the surface level that Hamilton often seems to write at. The magical world Haley created her is fabulous; pulling from mythology, new age philosophy and even chaos magic, Haley's developed a system that works without being overly complicated. The really fun twist is the mob link; instead of money being to end goal of everything, the goal for these mobsters is magical power. A really fun debut---I look forward to seeing more both from this series and from Haley.
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