The Misfortune Cookie
An Esther Diamond Novel
ISBN 9780698142817 | 400 pages | 05 Nov 2013 | DAW | 18 - AND UP
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Esther Diamond's year gets off to a rocky start when NYPD's Detective Connor Lopez, who slept with her and then didn't call, shuts down her current place of employment and gets her arrested. Once she's out of handcuffs, and with no paying work on the frigid horizon, Esther takes a small role in a grad student's film project in Chinatown—where her friend semi-retired hit man Lucky Battistuzzi, who escaped Lopez's sweep at the Little Italy restaurant where Esther works between acting jobs, is hiding out in a Chinese-Italian mortuary.
Esther and Lucky soon realize that something strange is going on in Chinatown, where beautifully handcrafted fortune cookies are inflicting deadly mystical curses on the hapless victims who receive them as gifts—and before long, Esther learns that Detective Lopez is one of the recipients. As preparations for Chinese New Year heat up in the ice-covered neighborhood, when the streets will be filled with costumed lion dancers, firecrackers, and dense crowds, Esther and Lucky summon the help of their friend Max, a semi-immortal mage and semi-solvent bookseller, to help them save Chinatown and Lopez (with whom Esther is not on speaking terms) from a mystical murderer of maniacal menace.
“It’s a fun, frequently goofy, holiday story with more than a touch of staire and just the right edge of supernatural horror to keep things exciting.”—Locus
"This is the fifth in the Esther Diamond series, but each works well as a standalone. And I guarantee you won’t be able to read just one. Full of fabulously eccentric characters, magical mystery, and a bit of romance, Polterheist is the perfect holiday read for any urban fantasy fan."—Sci-Fi Chick
"Esther's books are always a mix of humor, scary paranormal adventures, a wacky group of supporting cast and an intense mystery to solve. I can't wait to see what happens to Esther after the holidays."—News and Sentinel
"You have got to love Esther. She is such a fun character to read about. I always enjoy a good laugh and action at the same time, and Ms. Resnick always delivers."—Night Owl Reviews
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