Ariadne Willow is a private investigator with a secret weapon. She’s a canidae, a person with the ability to transform into a wolf at will. Using her heightened senses to track and her shapeshifting to follow people without being seen, she’s made a decent business for herself and her associate Dale Frye.
When one of the richest women in Seattle wishes to hire her, Ari and Dale think their ship has finally come in. All Ari has to do is observe the client’s tabloid-friendly daughter, fresh out of rehab, and confirm that she’s truly clean. Ari thinks the case will be a piece of cake, but a moment of shocking violence changes everything. Soon Ari finds herself backed into a corner with no way out, forced to either run or risk losing everything she holds dear by fighting an enemy with unlimited power and resources. With Dale refusing to leave her side, Ari decides to make a stand to remind her enemies that there’s only one rule in betting…
Wow. Intense. Geonn Cannon gives us a great mystery to kick off the Underdogs series.
I wasn’t sure where this story was going at first, but it turned out to be really a good mystery. A rich and powerful family hires Ari to make sure the heir is staying clean and sober when murder comes knocking. Of course Cannon gives us more and it is heartbreaking, strong, and in the end about loyalty. I will give a word of warning as Cannon touches on child sexual abuse, non-consent, drug-use, and there is some violence in the story.
At the heart of Underdogs is loyalty. The relationship between friends, family, and those who are on the path to recovery and those that help them. I have to admit that my favorite character is Laura. The journey she goes on during the story, on-the-page and off-page, is familiar yet still moving.
There are quite a few grammatical errors in the story and I am surprised that it is being put out for review with so many errors as I got this almost ten years after its initial printing. I was getting annoyed by them, but the story is good.
Cannon gives us a good old-fashioned action mystery that just happens to have a paranormal slant to it. Ari gives Jessica Jones (Created by Melissa Rosenburg, 2015) a run for her money and then some…well because she is a lesbian of course.
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Published by: Supposed Crimes, LLC, 2012
Series: Underdogs #1
Settings: Seattle, WA, U.S.
Secondary Characters include: Black