From the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, comes the new contemporary novel in Jayne Ann Krentz's seductive and gripping ARCANE SOCIETY world.
Jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes under the names Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle, has more than forty New York Times bestsellers under various pen names; more than twenty-five million copies of her books are in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Suffering recurring blackouts, Jack Winters fears he is falling victim to the centuries-old Winters curse and will turn into an unstable monster if he doesn't locate the legendary Burning Lamp. Jack seeks help from smart, skeptical PI Chloe Harper, whose rare dreamlight talent is necessary to work the lamp's magic. But others, some with far more sinister agendas, are also in search of the lamp, and as the puzzle pieces slowly fall into place, the danger to Jack and Chloe ratchets up. Part of the ongoing "Arcane Society" titles, this is the first in "The Dreamlight Trilogy," which will include not only a book under Krentz's historical pseudonym, Amanda Quick, but will add a new dimension with a volume by Krentz's futuristic alter ego, Jayne Castle, as well. VERDICT Sparkling with sharp wit, clever, complex plotting, intelligent humor, and electric sensuality, this lively story drops just enough hints to tease readers; classic Krentz (Running Hot). Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
In Krentz's paranormal Arcane Society series, she bounces from contemporary romantic thriller (Running Hot) to steampunk historicals (Perfect Poison, as Amanda Quick). This trilogy kickoff concerns the present-day descendents of Nicholas Winters and Sylvester Jones, magic-obsessed 17th century rivals locked in a generation-spanning struggle. In Seattle, paranormal PI Chloe Harper is hired by financier Jack Winters to find the "Burning Lamp" his ancestor Nicholas created. Unrealistic whiz-bang action follows, including otherworldly powers that Winters must learn to control and a romance that may unleash an ancient curse, occasionally interrupted by psychic mobsters who also pursue the lamp. Arcane Society fans will be thrilled with the brand-new intrigue, but newcomers will need to read earlier books to understand Krentz's world. (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.