By Patricia Briggs
Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2006
Genre: Fantasy, paranormal mystery, contemporary fantasy
Series: Mercy Thompson; 1
Number of pages: 288
Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), WA & Aspen Creek, MT
Time period: Contemporary
Plot summary: Mercy Thompson was repairing a VW Jetta transmission when a werewolf walked into her garage. Once her nose got away from oil and grease, she was able to smell him for what he was quickly. Mercy is a walker, or shape shifter, able to transform into a coyote, which makes her sense of smell very acute. She was also raised by werewolves so she was able to tell that this one needed a lot of help.
Pacing: Loping pace – steady and quick
Characterization: The story is told in first person through Mercy. Important secondary characters include Adam Hauptman and Dr. Samuel Cornick.
Frame: Both moonlit magic and axle grease are frames for this genre-blended novel.
Story line: An action filled story which offers a unique perspective on werewolves.
Werewolves — Fiction.
Jim Butcher – The Dresden Files series
Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse series
Kim Harrison – Rachel Morgan/ Hallows series
Karen Marie Moning – MacKayla Lane/ Fever series
Personal notes: I really enjoyed this book – which didn’t surprise me since I had read a positive review of it written by Charles de Lint a while back. I especially like Mercy’s character. I can’t say I’m a fan of the artwork on the cover, though.
Other (diversity, themes, websites): Diversity – walker (shape shifter), werewolves, gremlin, vampires, multiracial woman – part Native American, female auto mechanic