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The Night Beat

(Necropolis Enforcement Files #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The majority of Prosaic City's residents don't know that their town exists on top of another place -- Necropolis, City of the Undead. For the most part, the two planes of existence manage to remain separate. And when they don't, Necropolis Enforcement has beings in place to ensure the general human population remains blithely clueless. Victoria Wolfe is more than just a po ...more
Paperback, First, 453 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Lyndi W.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, favorites

Phew! That was an awesome read. I couldn't put it down - it being 6:15 AM is a testament to it's awesomeness. Everything about Vic reminded me of Katherine "Kitty" Katt. Since it's also written by Gini Koch, that's not surprising. The world is obviously quite different, but the characters and action reminded me so much of the Kitty Katt series, I admit I got slightly annoyed at times. Not enough to stop going all fangirl over it, though.

The Characters
Vic was a great heroine. Sufficiently bad ass
Blodeuedd Finland
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
What to say about this book without giving it all away? Honestly some weird-ass stuff going on in this one. Trust me, I mean, wow, I'd like to dish it all out, but I can't, some things have to be read and I can tell one thing, you are in for one freaky ride.

Vic, is our snarky witty main character, she always have something good to say. Her love life on the other hand, not so good, she has been pining for her hot partner for a year now. Jack, a human, while Victoria is a werewolf. Two cops that a
So, I Read This Book Today
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this quirky Urban Fantasy I have read this book before, I realized that the minute I started it in the Sensational Six Anthology, and was tickled to no end. I had lost track of the book, but it crossed my mind occasionally over time, and I was thrilled to find it in its whole in this anthology. The first of the Necropolis Enforcement Files I remember thinking at the time I finished it back a few years ago that I absolutely wanted to put the second book on my ‘TBR’ stack. Then, of course, I ...more
Darrell Grizzle
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Night Beat is a neo-noir urban fantasy crime novel set in a richly-developed world of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures. The novel reminded me of Kevin J. Anderson's Dan Shamble, Zombie Private Eye series (of which I’m a big fan), but with a lot more snarkiness. There’s a lot of humor here, as well as darkness (in a good way). Overall the novel is a lot of fun to read! ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
An ordinary human metropolis called Prosaic City sits atop the Necropolis, a city for the undead where Hell is uncomfortably close to the surface. Protecting the citizens are the cops of the Night Beat, officers from the Prosaic Police Department teamed up with their counterparts from the Necropolis side. The novel opens as Detectives Victoria Wolfe and Jack Wagner come upon the scene of a slimy Lovecraftian horror breaking through the portal. They soon learn this is just part of a bigger plot b ...more
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gini Koch's Katherine "Kitty" Katt series is one of my favorites and when I saw The Night Beat blurb, I picked it up immediately. It sounded like it would have Gini's humor mixed with action in an urban fantasy setting. It did, and I loved it. Victoria Wolfe is a cop on two planes of existance, with a team on the supernatural side and a human partner on the other. When the two collide, the fighting begins. We have vampires, angels, humans, werewolves and more working together. This new world fro ...more
Kelly at
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Quickie: Like, but didn't love.

Full review:
new book and a new series from the wonderful Gini Koch. Okay I have to be honest. This book was hard for me. I am not sure if it is just the Urban Fantasy genre that messes with me. But I have tried reading multiples of them in the last few months and I just have a hard time connecting with the story and characters.
That being said The Night Beat has all the classic Gini humor, twist, and bet you need to re-read that one more time moments. If you are a
Marlena Frank
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an incredible roller coaster ride of action, monsters, and special guests. Yes, this book features such surprises as H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, and (no, I’m not joking) Queen singer Freddie Mercury. That should give you a good idea of the kind of wacky adventures that ensure and the kind of world you’re jumping into.

Victoria Wolfe is an undercover werewolf who works as a police officer to protect Prosaic City. What starts out as fighting an unspeakable monster that’s taking ou
David Powell
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you like your urban fantasy with lots of action and comedy, this is a series you'll love. I like the way she both honors and skewers the romantic angle, too. Koch slips in and out of genres with sly ease. ...more
Iris Hunter (InstagramREADS)
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow The Night Beat is serious kick-ass read! The Night Beat is a brilliant first book of gini's new Necropolis Enforcement Files Series. With Victoria, a strong and determined kick-ass heroine who can change in a wolf/werewolf, hates to fly but is ready to fight the prince from taking over Prosaic City. A city like we, but with a paralel universe only the paranormals can see.

Gini Koch did a fantastic job making The Night Beat a one of a kind book with its realistic world building, mysteries humo
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This is the first book in the Necropolis Enforcement Files series by Gini Koch. I will admit that I only recently discovered the wonderous Gini Koch. While doing the last Goodreads Best Of voting during the final round, I found that I recognized and had read every single book except for one - Alien Proliferation by Gini Koch. I found myself simply stunned that I had some how managed to miss what was apparently a great author in on of my favorite genres. This had to be corrected post haste. I got ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Somewhat entertaining piece of silliness with an interesting take on mythology. I quite liked Vic and my favorite part was when she was fighting an evil minion in wolf form but couldn't bite him cause he was poisoned. The description of her jumping up and down on him and the glee with which she did it was hysterical. I also really liked Sexy Cindy. Why only 2 stars then? Because of the romance (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another fun book from Gini Koch. Has all the best elements of the Alien series but a whole new mythology.

In this series, there are zombies, liches, vampires, werewolves, angels, and demons. There are also gods but they stay off screen. Beings can be good or bad. The bad ones serve the Prince and the good ones follow their choice of deity. Victoria Wulfe is part of Necropolis Enforcement and the Prosaic City Police where she works to keep order for humans and the supernatural. She's a werewolf.
I really couldn't summarize this book if I tried. It's one of those UF books where the author throws in everything but the kitchen sink in terms of paranormal creatures, yet somehow she makes it all hang together and work. The lead character, Vicki, was only slightly snarky, which was a good thing because I'm a bit tired of the recent trend of snappy one-liners substituting for character development. Vicki is an interesting and engaging character with a solid moral compass that guides her to alw ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Gods and Monsters, The Night Beat is a real trip. A city on a city and only some people can see both. Interesting characters. Many of whom you will recognize even when they go by nicknames. Then there is the plot. Unless the bad guys are stopped it will be the end of humans and other beings. What else do you need? Oh, of course there needs to be romance. That is there too.

I was reading along sure I knew what was going on when there was a real twist; one that puts the story on a whole new track.
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if religion is real, not just christian, but all religion. And what if every supernatural being you've ever heard of is real too? Then you'd have Gini Koch's Prosaic City.

Agent Victoria Wolfe, from Prosaic City Police Dept, The Night Beat Division as well as a Major in the Necropolis Enforcement, is our feisty heroine. She is partnered by Agent Jack Wagner, a human police man. It is their job to protect and serve and send Hell's Minions back where they belong.

As you'd expect from a Gini Koc
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A definite 4.5 stars, in my opinion. This was the first book I've read by Gini Koch, and I have to say she made a fan out me. Her particular style of storytelling, I found easy to read but highly informative without losing the plot and a great comic relief in just the right areas. Her particular style also was as if you were learning about the world she was building just as the characters in the book were.

I also was interested on her take of all paranormal beings and the role that they played a
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great urban fantasy by one of my favorite authors, who is more known for her great science fiction romance stories about aliens, this book is set in a world of angels, werewolves, vampires, zombies and the like. I liked the inventive world and all the great characters, especially Victoria Wolfe, the werewolf cop for the human world and the investigator for Necropolis, the paranormal world humans know nothing about. This was a funny, action filled romp through a very different reality, with Vic ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf
Gini Koch did it again!

She delivers a fun story, full of intrigue, action and wacky situations. The Night Beat has the same kind of humor that makes Koch's Katherine "Kitty" Katt series so much fun to read, but Victoria is in no way a Kitty clone: she sure manages to stand on her own.

The world building is both fun and interesting. I love how Koch made famous people throughout history and literature show up up among the citizens of Necropolis. Some, like H.P. Lovecraft, I recognized immediately,
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Weirdest book I've ever read not a bad read rather interesting and complex at time....

I've been meaning to review The Night Beat since I read it in January but didn't feel I had enough to say about it really to fill a full review. The Night Beat has a really good start that is a bit complicated in the overall story set-up about paranormal creatures and how they came to be and the world that they live in but it is very interesting. I really enjoyed 3/4 of The Night Beat I loved how Ms Koch brough
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Gini Koch has concocted a wonderful brew of monster mayhem, with heap-loads of gut-busting jokes. Starting off with a furious monster-palooza fight against a Sumarian demon, one soon meets the lovable gang from Necropolis Enforcement: The Night Beat. You like Werewolves? There's a sexy crime fighting one named Vicki that you're just gonna love. How about Vampires? Lots of them too, just ready to take out the bad Whatever! There's even a pedantic Zombie who lectures on-and-on a ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I found that Night Beat started off a bit abruptly right in an action sequence and would have preferred a more traditional introduction to the characters. I found the book setting with two overlapping planes where the undead are inhabitants of both planes interesting (and that werewolves are considered undead too).

The story had a lot of action, and yes, they did visit many of the same places again and interviewed the same people more than once, but that's probably realistic in an investigation.
Dana Alma
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Night Beat by Gini Koch serves readers with a banquet of all things paranormal. Gods and Monsters? Historical figures from the past, living and working 9 to 5? If you can't find it in The Night Beat, then you aren't reading Gini Koch's latest smorgasbord, straight from her Necropolis Enforcement Files. This buffet of paranormal dishes is mind boggling, Koch doesn't skimp on the "lusus naturae", she serves them up one after the other. This new twist, to all we thought we knew about the gods a ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars actually....
I enjoyed this book. One of my favorite things about it was the world creation. Cool take on paranormalcy! I also love the way Gini Koch approaches the romance. Similarly to how it's treated in her Alien series, she gets the H/H together early in the series then lets them be a team for the rest. She proves that the "Moonlighting" curse is ridiculous and that happy relationships can be just as hot and interesting as the hunt. In fact, some series stretch the romance trials a
Paul Sparks
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I read the back cover of the book, I knew this was a novel I wanted to read and like in all of her books Gini did not disappoint. From the very first paragraph I was drawn into her world. I am a fan of the occult and the paranormal and many of the characters and monsters in the book I could relate to and recognized. There was action a plenty and romance as well. I had a hard time putting it down and read it almost one setting, if work did not get in the way. I look forward to mor ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book had nearly every paranormal creature and the kitchen sink in it! It was pretty awesome! I really enjoyed it! A fast paced, action packed ride! Also, some very interesting plot twists that I didn't see coming at first, but I really enjoyed the outcome anyway! Also, she incorporates several famous historical figures and celebrities into the undead world...which made it just fun! I love Gini Koch's Kitty Kat series and this one is definitely in the same league! ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was a bit long, but I liked the premise and all of the different agents working together. I hated the brilliant leaps of logic (Kitty makes them too in another series by Ms. Koch), but I could live with them because the books are mostly good and fast moving. Looking forward to the next installment.
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Having a hard time getting into this one. I don't think this is too much of a spoiler but if you've read her "Alien" Series it might. I'm just finding that the female character is very much like "Kitty" and that keeps holding me up from getting into the story. I think I'll have to read it in a few years and see how I like it then. ...more
Rachael Ruelas
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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Gini Koch lives in Phoenix, Arizona and writes the bestselling fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series. Alien in the House, Book 7 in her long-running Alien series, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award as the Best Futuristic Romance of 2013. Book 14, Alien Nation, won the ...more

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