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This Case Is Gonna Kill Me

Linnet Ellery

Phillipa Bornikova

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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….

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“This case is gonna kill me.”
I stared down at Chip Westin and tried to think of an appropriate response. Actually, I would have been happy with any response, but nothing came to mind. This was my immediate boss, and these were the first private words he said to me after McGillary, one of the senior partners at Ishmael, McGillary and Gold, had introduced us.
What does that mean? I thought miserably.
Westin looked to be in his early fifties, balding, wearing an expensive suit that had probably looked good when he was thirty pounds lighter. His complexion
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Praise for This Case Is Gonna Kill Me

“Phillipa is a great writer and she has the inside scoop on the world she’s writing about. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.”
—Carrie Vaughn, bestselling author of the Kitty Norville series

“[Bornikova’s] characters, human and supernatural alike, possess complexity and depth, and her heroine is tough and immediately likable. Strong storytelling, appealing characters, and an intriguing setting make this urban fantasy series opener likely to have great appeal to the genre’s many fans.”
Library Journal (Starred Review; Debut of the Month for August 2012)

“John Grisham meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Bornikova writes like a real pro, and This Case is Gonna Kill Me is a fast, fun, furious read.  I can't wait for the next one.”
—MLN Hanover, author of The Black Sun’s Daughter

“Linnet’s modus operandi—using the law instead of magical weapons against supernatural peril—is a refreshing change of pace. . . .  The clever, active protagonist makes this a lively and enjoyable read.”
Publishers Weekly

“Phillipa Bornikova is perhaps not the first person to compare attorneys to vampires, but her exciting debut, This Case is Gonna Kill Me, is a fresh take on both urban fantasy and the classic legal thriller. Linnet Ellery is a smart heroine who tackles the cutthroat world of vampire law with both wit and bravery. An intelligent, gripping debut!” 
—Jaye Wells, author of the Sabina Kane series

“A refreshing new take on an old idea, with a strong, intelligent and independent protagonist: a highly promising debut.”
Kirkus Reviews

 

“Phillipa is a great writer and she has the inside scoop on the world she’s writing about. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.”
—Carrie Vaughn, bestselling author of the Kitty Norville series

“[Bornikova’s] characters, human and supernatural alike, possess complexity and depth, and her heroine is tough and immediately likable. Strong storytelling, appealing characters, and an intriguing setting make this urban fantasy series opener likely to have great appeal to the genre’s many fans.”
Library Journal (Starred Review; Debut of the Month for August 2012)

“John Grisham meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Bornikova writes like a real pro, and This Case is Gonna Kill Me is a fast, fun, furious read.  I can't wait for the next one.”
—MLN Hanover, author of The Black Sun’s Daughter

“Linnet’s modus operandi—using the law instead of magical weapons against supernatural peril—is a refreshing change of pace. . . .  The clever, active protagonist makes this a lively and enjoyable read.”
Publishers Weekly

“Phillipa Bornikova is perhaps not the first person to compare attorneys to vampires, but her exciting debut, This Case is Gonna Kill Me, is a fresh take on both urban fantasy and the classic legal thriller. Linnet Ellery is a smart heroine who tackles the cutthroat world of vampire law with both wit and bravery. An intelligent, gripping debut!” 
—Jaye Wells, author of the Sabina Kane series

“A refreshing new take on an old idea, with a strong, intelligent and independent protagonist: a highly promising debut.”
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  • Phillipa Bornikova

  • PHILLIPA BORNIKOVA has been the story editor of a major network television series, a horse trainer, and an oil-company executive. She lives in the Southwest. This is her first novel.

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