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Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman
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Sep 09, 11

bookshelves: detective-bounty-hunter, fantasy-other-world, wizard-witch
Read from September 05 to 09, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations (P.U.P.I.)

Talents - magical people, who pull on electrical current (both natural and man-made) with focus, spells, and execute magic. and the talents are split between Council and lone-jacks. and Stosser and Vanec - two magicians, decide to start a magic investigation unit that objectively, and with magic, search for the truth in crimes that include Talent. an unknown commodity.

Story is told by Bonita aka Bonnie. She's a graduate, looking for a job. Her father was lonejack, and killed, and she through magic was able to trace what happened to him - with the quiet guidance of a voice. and J, ex-council, takes her in as her mentor - and finances her college, and continues to love and counsel and worry about her...

and she gets a call for a job interview, and shows up with 4 others that seem to be in the same boat as her... and after discussing what may have happened to the dead guy (who wasn't really dead) in the office, Stosser and Vanec invite them to join their investigation office... and they spend months training them... magical CSI... underlining all of the training is team building... and the two push their 'puppies' - to find the truth without prejudice, to use magic in new and unique ways, they study magic, the science of magic, etc...

and they finally get a case... Council married couple, thought to have committed suicide by asphixiation in a car, but their daughter didn't think so. So the team has their first case... and with some mistakes, with innovation, they figure out the connections, and although they don't discover the actual murderer, they do figure out everything else; and they survive her magical attack on them...

and then there is something special between Bonnie and Vanek - he has been a quiet presence in her head... and she's attracted to him... and he seems to be there just when she needs a bit more... hmmmm

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