This Case Is Gonna Kill Me (Linnet Ellery, #1)
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This Case Is Gonna Kill Me

by Phillipa Bornikova
Release date: September 1, 2012
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyurban fantasy

A fresh, original blend of urban fantasy, legal thriller, and workplace drama — with a heroine you won’t soon forget

What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power — our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks,” and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires, werewolves, and elves — or, on occasion, to live at the Seelie Court.

Linnet Ellery is the offspring of an affluent Connecticut family dating back to Colonial times. Fresh out of law school, she’s beginning her career in a powerful New York “white fang” law firm. She has high hopes of eventually making partner.

But strange things keep happening to her. In a workplace where some humans will eventually achieve immense power and centuries of extra lifespan, office politics can be vicious beyond belief. After some initial missteps, she finds herself sidelined and assigned to unpromising cases.

Then, for no reason she can see, she becomes the target of repeated, apparently random violent attacks, escaping injury each time through increasingly improbable circumstances. However, there’s apparently more to Linnet Ellery than a little old-money human privilege. More than even she knows. And as she comes to understand this, she’s going to shake up the system like you wouldn’t believe…

(updated 2017-01-20)

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I read this in a day, stayed up way too late to finish. Linnet Ellery is an engaging heroine placed in a most interesting, almost believable, premise. I look forward to the next in the series.
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