The next book in the "Cal Leandros" series that began with "Nightlife", "Madhouse" is a clever and hugely entertaining urban fantasy in the vein of Jim Butcher by "New York Times" bestselling author, Rob Thurman. 'My brother had spent a lifetime - mine, at least - telling me that I was normal, that I wasn't a monster. With his help, I'd finally realized that as long as I could remain who I was, I could survive what I was. It was only bad genes ...' Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren't exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency. Who could have guessed that business would dry up in New York City, where vampires, trolls, and other creepy crawlies are all over the place? But now there's a new arrival in the Big Apple. A malevolent evil with ancient powers, dead set on making history with an orgy of blood and murder, is on a human killing spree. And for Cal and Niko, this is one paycheck they're going to have to earn ...if they survive to collect it. But this evil might be too much for even Cal and Niko to handle, and to take it on, Cal will have to call forth the powerful talents he inherited from his unhuman father's side of the family...A stunning urban fantasy with a deeply humorous edge, Rob Thurman's "Madhouse" is not to be missed. "Supernatural elements put this in the company of Jim Butcher and Charlaine Harris. Fans of dark urban fantasy will certainly want to follow Cal's adventures. Recommended". ("SFRevu"). "A roaring rollercoaster of a read ...it's sharp and sardonic, mischievous and mysterious". (Simon R. Green). Rob Thurman lives in Indiana, land of rolling hills and cows. Lots and lots of cows. "Nightlife", the first novel in the "Cal Leandros" series is also published by Penguin.
wss4 (USA: FL) (2008/10/13): rating: 5 of 5 stars Another great book in this series. I was happy that the author gave us more background on Goodfellow and Promise. I like that the guys are bringing more people (beings) into their circle of trust. I like Ishiah and the possibilities of what he is and how he fits into the story.
Loved the ending and very much looking forward to the next book "Deathwish" due out in February, I believe.