Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon.
I’m Gin Blanco. You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I’m retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my...
Gin Blanco: main cover ID for the retired assassin known as 'Spider'. Real name: Genevieve Snow. Owner of the Pork Pit and perpetual student at Ashland Community College. A Stone and Ice Elemental.
Donovan Caine: an Ashland city detective. He was honest, didn't take bribes, didn't do drugs, and didn't smoke.
Tobias Dawson: one of the biggest mine operators in Ashland. A dwarf who is also connected to Mab Monroe. A strong stone elemental.
Eva Grayson: a college student saved by Gin. Is Owen Grayson's sister.
Fletcher Lane: formerly the assassin known as the Tin Man, was the Spider's mentor, father-figure and agent. Previous owner of the Pork Pit. Died at a previous run to keep information on the whereabouts of the Spider.
Finnegan "Finn" Lane: investment banker, computer expert, and all-around shady character. Son of Fletcher Lane. Foster brother of Gin and her current handler.
Mab Monroe: a strong Fire Elemental. The richest and most powerful woman in Ashland. Has the sunberst as her personal rune.
Sophia Deveraux: the Goth dwarven cook of the Pork Pit. Also the Spider's to-go gal for disposal work. Younger sister to Jo-Jo.
Warren T. Fox: former bestfriend of Fletcher Lane before a woman came between them. Owner of the Country Daze.
Jonah Mcallister: Ashland’s highest priced and most successful lawyer. A charismatic showman who could make the most violent, irredeemable, sociopathic criminal seem like an innocent schoolgirl—and make the jury weep with compassion while he did it. McAllister didn’t care whether people were guilty or not, as long as they could pay his astronomical fees. Jake Mcallister's father. Mab Monroe's attorney.
“Too bad the smile was on the face of the wrong man.”
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“Uh-oh,” Finn muttered. “I know that look.” “What look?” I asked, lifting up the cash register. “That look. The one that makes you resemble a hibernating bear someone just poked with a sharp stick. The look that says you’re not going to let this go, even though it’s not your problem.”
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The idea of Jake McAllister being somebody’s prison yard bitch gives me the warm fuzzies.” Finn snorted. “You are deeply disturbed.” I grinned. “And that’s why you love me.”
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It was the same smooth voice he’d used to talk so many women out of their panties. Including me in my younger, more foolish years. You’ll be so much more comfortable if you get out of those wet clothes. Let me help you unzip your dress. Whoops, did I just spill coffee all over your jeans? Guess you’ll have to take them off.
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Why couldn’t the detective just accept me for what I was? Morals. They always ruined everything.
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It’s just easier and quicker to form a fireball in your hand than it is to shoot it out of your eyes or your ass.”
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chicken salad sandwiches on thick, honey-wheat bread, along with a fresh fruit salad.
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