Last night I finished reading Book #7 in Kim Harrison's "Hollows" series, White Witch Black Curse (yet another title taken from a Clint Eastwood movie ("White Hunter Black Heart"). It's a decent book, about average for the series. Some of the repetition in it bothers me, as well as some of the melodrama, but that's typical for the writer. I thought the previous book was better. But I needed something light after John Le Carre, and this served its purpose. The book starts with a phone call that Rachel receives from Captain Edden of the FIB (kind of like the FBI, one of two national agencies encharged with enforcing law and order. The FIB deals with Human affairs, and the I.S. deals with Inderlander (ie. non-human) affairs. Edden's son Glenn, also an FIB agent, was found nearly dead in an abandoned house, and Edden once again has asked Rachel for her help in capturing the bad guys. Apparently, a life-draining Banshee is responsible, but the I.S. is ignoring the problem. As usual, the story isn't as simple as that -- also in the story is a ghost named Pierce, Al the demon, Ford, an FIB agent/psychologist with empathic abilities, and Rachel struggling to regain her lost memories concerning the death of a former boyfriend. I can't say that I love the series -- it's more of a love-hate relationship. But I can't stop reading them. It's kind of like when you start watching a television series, and you know it's not very good and kind of silly, but you have to know what happens next. That's kind of my feeling about the "Hollows" books. I'm now reading book #8, Black Magic Sanction.