Rachel Morgan, bounty hunter witch, returns in this second book in the series. The death threat against her from the first novel appears to have been revoked, but Rachel can't rest easy. After all, someone sent a demon to kill her, and the mystery behind that attack still needs to be resolved. Still, the bills must be paid, and when she is called to consult on a serial killer case for the local (human) police, she agrees - even though (or perhaps because) her nemesis, Trent Kalamack, appears to be involved.
Someone is killing ley-line witches, and Rachel must go under cover as a student in order to catch the killer. To complicate matters, Rachel's living vampire roommate is having some serious "issues" that make Rachel fearful of Ivy and worried about her at the same time.
I enjoyed this installment in the series even more than the first. The mystery was solid and exciting, and while Rachel is impulsive and easily carried away by her emotions, she is beginning to learn to keep her cool - a little. The characters are more fully developed, and interesting shades of gray are being revealed. Rachel (and the reader) come to understand that things are not always what they seem, and characters may indeed be good in some ways and evil in others. Life is complex, and Rachel's life is insanely complicated (luckily for the reader). I look forward to her further adventures.
Books in The Hollows series:
1. Dead Witch Walking
2. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
3. Every Which Way but Dead
4. A Fistful of Charms
5. For a Few Demons More
6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
7. White Witch, Black Curse
8. Black Magic Sanction
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison (HarperTorch, 2005)