"In Laura Resnick's Doppelgangster, the New York actress is 'resting' between roles by working as a singing waitress at a Manhattan mob restaurant because wiseguys tip well. Then duplicated gangsters appear, bullets start flying, and it's up to Esther and her friend Max the Magician to fight Evil by stopping the gang war before it starts killing the wrong people. And if she has time, maybe Esther can actually keep a hot date with her hunky detective friend Lopez, who doesn't believe in magic. Yet. Unplug the phone and settle down for a fast and funny read."
--New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney
An out of work actress, an eccentric mage, a cop and add some mafia hitmen who have had doppelganger's created of them and you have "Doppelgangster", a witty, suspenseful addition to the Urban Fantasy genre. Esther's latest show has ended and as she is waiting to find another job, she takes a position as a singing waitress at Bella Stella's, a mafia hang out. While on the job, she encounter's a mafioso's hit and sees his doppelganger and gets sucked into a paranormal mystery while trying to maintain a relationship with her detective boyfriend (?), Lopez, and working with a mafia hitman, Lucky, and the eclectic mage, Max. I loved "Doppelgangster" from beginning to end and had me giggling out loud. Only one complaint, the references to a previous book premiering Esther Diamond left me scrambling to find out the back story of Lopez, Esther, and Max. Yes, this is a stand alone BUT with the references here and there to what happened prior to "Doppelgangster", had me scratching my head. One of my pet peeves, especially when the other works listed by Laura Resnick doesn't include the previous book, "Disappearing Nightly", which I know if by a different publisher. I did buy it so I can catch up on the history. Other than that, I loved Esther's world!
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