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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Original edition (Aug. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312388233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312388232
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #629,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acclaim for Caitlin Kittredge’s Black London series

“Takes supernatural shadows to the next level. Kittredge knows how to create a believable world, and her fans will enjoy the mix of magic and city grit.” —Publishers Weekly

“Crackles with conflict and perilous magic...For those who love their urban fantasy hypnotically treacherous, this book’s for you!” —RT Book Reviews

"Street Magic jumps right in to non-stop supernatural action, taking urban fantasy fans on a wild ride.”—Darque Reviews

“This is a dark, visceral read that sucks you in and doesn’t let you up for air. That is part of my intense love for this series... It hit all my buttons; ghosts, magic, demons, cemeteries, England, moors, fog, supernatural creatures, ancient deities. The way things ended, I am seriously anxious to see what is happening next. Go out and get this!”—Night Owl Romance

 

“Sensual and empowering.”—Romance Junkies

 

From the Back Cover

The crow-mage Jack Winter is back—with a vengeance—but he’s not the only to fight his way out of Hell...

Pete Caldecott did everything she could to save Jack from Hell, even reigning in the dark machinations of the Morrigan to help bring him home. Still, Black London has not welcomed Jack back with open arms. . . So when a friend in Los Angeles asks for help tracking a sorcerous serial killer, Pete and Jack decide a change of scenery couldn’t hurt. . . 

DEVIL’S BUSINESS

But the shadow side of the City of Angels turns out to be more treacherous than they ever imagined. Together, Pete and Jack must navigate a landscape teeming with hostile magic-users— and fight an unknown enemy. When their investigation leads to a confrontation with the demon Belial, Jack learns that he wasn't the only thing to escape from Hell. Now it’s up to him and Pete to track and eliminate an evil older than the Black itself—before it turns L.A. into Hell on Earth. And destroys life as they know it back at home…

Praise for the Black London series:

 “Takes supernatural shadows to the next level.” —Publishers Weekly

“A wild ride.”—Darque Reviews


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By Aella on June 10 2014
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Great condition Great price! And of course I love the story! Caitlin Kittredge is an amazing writer, I love her work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable but lacking.... Dec 18 2011
By Pen_vs_Laptop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wanted to like Devil's Business. So far, Black London has been a fun ride and one of the titles for me to keep an eye out on and after the Bone Gods, I was looking forward to seeing what would happen next to Jack and Pete, especially after the deal Pete made with Belial. Since the page summary and other reviews sum up the plot premise already, I won't bore you with another recap.

First, the good. The pacing, dialogue, and characters are great. Moving the story out of London and to L.A. didn't hurt the plot and was actually a breath of fresh air and Kittredge provides an enough hooks to keep you entertained, such as mothers killed and babies ripped out of them for dark purposes. Aside from the establishing premises to the book such as what Jack did and Belial's deal, the book stands on it's own well enough for a new reader to jump in without much confusion. The villains were the highlight for me with the appropriate levels of creepiness and charm and Belial continues to be a fun "devil you know" sort of character. Jack's still Jack: flawed, smart-ass and with deep wells of self-doubt but he's definitely matured and learning from some of his previous mistakes while still running into more potential future issues, such as his relationship with the Hag. Pete...well, she's mainly her, pregnant or not thank God, but the book doesn't really leave much room for her development.

The story is told from Jack's POV, which isn't a bad thing, but Pete is absent for large portions and her and Jack don't have much interaction, which is a pity since I feel like their interactions are one of the high points of the series and was one of the things that hooked me back in Street Magic. What's more, it felt like Kittredge was creating drama between them for the sake of drama and needing more Jack angst (since his well of self-doubt and angst clearly wasn't big enough >_>). As noted in P "SPAZ"'s review, at the end of Bone Gods it seemed like Pete was relatively okay when she discovered she was pregnant with Jack's kid and had a willingness to try and work through what may come but skip to DB and you find out they're not really talking and they're angry at each other and on the verge of breaking up again with little given explanation for why the shift. Even their arguments feel a bit of a rehash from previous books. In the end, they didn't seem to need much to patch things up which gives a feeling of "WHY DIDN'T THEY DO THIS EARLIER?", especially since it felt like that conversation should have happened between BG and DB or even in the middle of DB but it feels like Kittredge wanted an excuse to keep them apart so she could save their reconciliation for the end. It wouldn't be a bad thing if it didn't feel stilted and contrived as opposed to a natural progression of the characters and their issues.

If Amazon did .5 reviews I'd give DB a 3.5/5 but I didn't feel like DB quite deserved a rounding up to a 4. I wasn't as drawn into DB as I was the previous ones - which might have to do with the lack of Pete-Jack interaction and the change of setting taking getting used to - but I did enjoy reading it. That said, I hope the next one gets the quality back up and I wouldn't mind hearing about some of the new faces, such as Silver, again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Do Not Pass By This Series Sept. 13 2011
By Keith Dupuis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Urban fantasy is such a glutted market, that when I find a really, really good writer working on a really, really good series, it's like mining gold. This is a quicker read than other books in the series, but still horribly inventive; has a needed change of scenery; some earnest (and organic) character development; and sets the tone for future entries in the story. Jack Winter is a great and nasty character invention. I highly encourage fans of A-list urban fantasy authors to check this series out!
Read this with the lights on...and well before bed! Jan. 28 2013
By Kathy Davie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fourth in the Black London dark, dark urban fantasy series revolving around Pete, an ex-copper, and Jack Winter, the crow mage.

My Take
Whew. Kittredge must have some amazing nightmares to come up with this stuff. And she's an amazing writer. She's certainly taken the subgenre of BLACK magic and turned it on its head. Who knew there would be a good guy practicing on the wrong side of magic?

I love what Kittredge has done with this series. It's an atypical pairing between Jack and Pete with a huge twist on the magic and demon pairings one usually sees. You'll understand the storyline and them better as a couple if you've started with the first book, Street Magic (Black London, #1).

This story is all Jack's perspective, and we get a heart-rending look into his innermost thoughts and worries as well as quite a bit of background about past deals made with demons.

I have a hard time believing that Pete could be so obtuse, that mean, or that unaware.

I do enjoy Jack's sense of humor. I just wish he didn't let loose with it at the most inappropriate times...

" 'Hell is ancient," Don said. "Hell is older than Death...'

'And then the man upstairs said let there be light, booze, and porn?' Jack said."

I do feel confused. Kittredge has Jack falling and failing all over the place and yet hints that he's so very important.

Oh man, this story is just one betrayal after another and another and...

"And his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him."

The Story
Jack is persona non grata in London, so when Pete gets a request for help from a fellow PI in Los Angeles, they're both glad to be outta there.

Only, events in LA make London look positively peaceful.

The Characters
Petunia "Pete" Caldecott is a couple months pregnant, a former copper, and not too happy with Jack. Jack Winter is the crow mage with a lousy sense of self-preservation, tied to the Morrigan, and hounded by Belial . Although, he is off the heroin these days.

Benjamin Mayhew used to be a cop in LA and now has his own investigation business. He needs Pete's help with the Herrera and Case murders. Sal is Ben's auto mechanic with a lot full of spare vintage cars used in the movies. Detective Shavers is Ben's former partner. Sliver is another of Ben's friends. He's also a wraith and owns the bar. Ana, a.k.a., La Flaca, is a death avatar running a magic shop in LA.

Belial is a Named demon of Hell, a general. A worried, nervous demon who demands Jack's help in payment of someone else's debt. The Princes of Hell are Beelzebub, Azrael, and Baal.

Harlan Sanford is a producer in LA of many, many B movies. He's also a collector. Parker and Gator are bodyguards and more interested in mayhem. Anna is a sex magician and Travis and Kim are people she's pulled into her web. Basil Locke is a film star from the 1930s with a fascination for the occult and Nazis. Lucinda Lanchester is a B-movie actress from the 1930s with whom Locke was infatuated.

Abaddon/Abbadon, call me "Don", the Destroyer, is an original denizen of Hell who managed to escape decades ago. Another collector. Little Miss Spree Killer, Levi, and Teddy are, well, cohorts seems the best description.

The Morrigan is a goddess of death three times:"the maiden of death, the bride of war, and the hag of the ashes and dust that came after". Ethan Morningstar of the Order of the Malleus is a mage and not one of Jack's friends.

The Cover
The cover is orange and pink, perfect for conveying the bright lights of Hollywood, and the sparkling of its glamor and Jack's magic. Also perfect for hiding the shadows of a town where darkness flourishes. I do like Pete and Jack's pose, together. There's hope there.

The title is much too accurate, for this story is all about the Devil's Business.
Jack's Back! {Yes, very orignial! ;) } Sept. 28 2011
By Jessica S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
WARNING! SPOILERS FROM BONES GODS ARE PRESENT!

Devil's Business is the latest in Caitlin Kittredge's Black London series, and this time Pete and Jack head for LA! Jack was told to leave London because of his past misdeeds and Pete is told to leave as well. Perfect timing for an acquaintance to call Pete up asking for her help with a case. Jack is reluctant to go but seeing as he has to leave the country and that's where Pete's headed he follows along.

A pregnant woman was mutilated and killed, with her unborn baby missing as well. It's obviously a demon, but which demon remains to be unseen. And with Pete being pregnant herself, there's this unspoken connection she has with the case. She wants to find the demon who's doing this and stop him once and for all.

But of course, this is more Jack's story. As it seems to be running now, if I remember right, the first book was more with Pete as the third person narrator, but lately it's Jack! And Jack is quite the character. Completely flawed, but yet he still tries to do the right thing. He's used and abused drugs, tangled with dark magics and demons, yet he still has a caring heart. And he too feels like he needs to be a better man since he's the father of Pete's child. He wants to be better than his own father, but he feels like he'll be a failure. So there's definitely a lot of self-growth there for him.

There were quite a few scheming demons in this story as well. It was hard sometimes to figure out who was the lesser evil, since they are demons none of them are good. They all have their own schemes and they all want Jack to be their posse and use him for their sinister purposes. And of course there are threats to Pete which causes him to act. It sort of comes down to wanting to rule the world and bring hell on earth while others don't want that necessarily and want to put an end to the other "worse" demons. Confusing to explain, but reads pretty well.

Jack will do whatever it takes to get himself out of the demon's plans, even if it means working with them temporarily. Especially when Pete's life--and their kid's--is at stake.

Overall it was an okay read. At times my mind did kind of wander, I think it has something to do with the world building. I have a hard time trying to keep track of all its rules and how things just "are". And I'm not 100% sure if this was the last book or not. It had an ending that feels like it can go either way.

Overall rating 3.5/5 stars
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Least favorite of the series, but love Pete and Jack! Sept. 16 2011
By Pamela (@SpazP) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Originally reviewed for wickedlilpixie dot com
3.5 stars
Devil's Business is the fourth book in Caitlin Kittredge's Black London series. Jack Winter is enemy number one in London after the events in the previous book. Everyone is gunning for him since he almost let Nergal's dragon loose on London's Black. Ben Mayhew is a P.I. in Los Angeles and has requested Pete (short for Petunia) Caldecott's help with solving some murders he believes are related to the Black. Pete reluctantly lets Jack accompany her to L.A. to investigate, also allowing the both of them to get out of dodge for a while. Turns out there are some new releases from Hell running around, and they are older and way more frightening than the former residents we have previously met.

Devil's Business is told from Jack's point of view, though not in his point of view. The book never lags, the story keeps up a wonderful pace, and it is one dark turn after another. Ms. Kittredge continues to build upon the Black London series where the heroine, Pete, is strong and compassionate, yet has a mouth like a sailor (love herrr). The unlikely hero, Jack, couldn't be any more flawed if he tried. He is a dirty scoundrel but he can charm you right off the page. Jack is completely unredeeming, and yet you cannot help yourself from loving him and wanting him to triumph despite himself. He is a smartass extraordinaire, with a dash of double smartass for good measure, and I love it. It does seem as though he's finally learned a lesson or two from when we first met him in book one, and he really steps up to the plate when help is needed. Finally it's not Pete chasing after him trying to save him. I admit, that was refreshing.

One thing that irked me was at the end of the previous book Bone Gods, it seemed that Pete harbored minimal anger with Jack once she discovered she was with his child, but right off the bat in this book Jack indicates she hasn't been talking to him hardly even though they've still been sharing his flat. I felt as though I missed something between the two books. I suppose it's due to the change in Pete's perspective in Bone Gods to Jack's in Devil's Business. While I let that slide, I felt the ending was also giving us an "everything is fine between Pete and Jack" vibe that felt contrived. Why was she so mad at him at the beginning? I mean aside from him just being Jack? And why was she so okay with him at the end? Eh, this is the first Black London series book where I didn't understand what was going on between them and not because it was part of the story. Also, I didn't love the setting in Los Angeles. London is where Pete and Jack are meant to be.

Not for the faint of heart, Devil's Business continues the Black London style of entertainingly crude language, but appropriately so to capture the gritty tone of the series. Pete seriously calls everyone a tw@t, especially Jack, it makes me giggle. Ms. Kittredge once again delivers with the dark and depraved world building I've come to expect. There was a lot of Belial in this one, and with all the new characters from Hell introduced, I definitely want to see how the overall arc plays out. If you like your urban fantasy raw and brassy, this might be a good pick for you.

Black London is set to be a 6 book series, and here is the reading order:

1. Street Magic
2. Demon Bound
3. Bone Gods
4. Devil's Business
5. Soul Trade ~2012
6. Title TBA

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