Cop and conjurer of demons, she's a woman in danger of losing control - to a power that could kill....
"Why me? Why now?" That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives - and souls - of 13 people? And should she?
The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he's back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore. Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head.
©2009 Diana Rowland (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Farnham_red on 20-03-17

Mediocre start to a series that becomes stunning

In itself this is almost a fairly standard crime book with a demonic twist. In this book the emphasis is more on the work of our feisty detective as she tries track a serial killer with a little help from another realm.
This book is OK but nothing particularly special, however....

So far I have listened to the first 6 books and can say the series just gets better and better so its worth starting at the beginning and then working through the books.
From book 3 on wards I have immediately downloaded the next as it becomes really gripping and you need to know what happens next!

There is a bit of bedroom action, as seems the norm in most books of this type but I don't think its overdone, though Diana Rowland isn't at her best here as some of the dialogue is a bit cringe-worthy. Dianna's talents lie much more in the storytelling which in my opinion is far more important.

The Narrator Liv Anderson does a very good job - her voice is easy to listen to and she manages to give distinct voices to the major characters which makes it easy to follow.

I'd say this is the worst book of the series but its really essential to start here as too much background would be lost without, and its not by any means a bad book, just not in the same league as the later books in the series. I'd still say its well worth the credit though.

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5 out of 5 stars
By sharon on 14-07-13

A delight!

I have read all of this series and I am a huge fan, I was well chuffed to see that it was now in audio format, the premise is what grabbed me at first a conjurer of demons a cop who does not really relate to everyday life, she prefers the company and challenge of summoning demons.
Gruesome ritualistic murders, an enigmatic FBI agent who does not add up and a very ancient demon you can see from the off set this series is going to be a corker, though I will say it now I am biased.

It's police procedural, mixed with an insidious evil, likeable characters including the manipulative powerful demon that you can't quite trust, it's multi-layered with a convoluted plot that sprinkles clues along the way that takes on to future plots.

Get it if you like your urban fantasy dark and gritty, and a series that just gets better and better with each book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By kathy on 04-08-13

good first book in a series i hadn't discoverd yet

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I really liked this book. sure the lead female was a little weaker than I first expected but I feel like she had grown by the end of the book. I feel like as I get into the series she is really going to transform. not every lead female starts out of the gate kicking butt, they all got to start somewhere! I certainly wanted more by the time I was done with this one. lots of potential! The crime scenes were pretty descriptive and they talk about the torture of the victims, some may have a hard time with it but I never felt it was way over the top or just for shock value. the mystery and drama of it were done well. I am definitely getting the second one in the series and put the others in my wish list.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Leesa on 13-06-13

Oh Boy! A new series discovered!

First of all, I really liked this book. If your a fan of the paranormal genre then I think you'll like this one too. It's very mild in sexual content. It has a great plot and I'm looking foward to the other books in this series.

Now to my complaint. Why does Audible release books in random order? Book 2 of this series is not avaliable. This really irritates me. I have noticed this on other series too. For those of us with a touch of OCD books out of order tend to be a problem. I wonder what I have missed in the storyline because I liked the first book so much I will get book 3. UGH!!!!

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