To start off-
Dead To Me by Anton Strout.
Urban Fantasy at it's best and funniest.
I believe this is Anton's first novel, although he does have a few short stories out that are excellent as well. As a first attempt, I would rate it very high.
Maybe even 5 bookworms out of 5!
Simon has a peculiar view of good and evil in that it is simply a black and white affair. You are good or you are evil, there isn't anything in between. A good part of this novel is of Simon learning the hard and usually humorous way that there is a lot of gray in the world as well.
Not to mention the foibles of falling for a ghost or a minion of evil. Then there are the attack-prone bookcases, file cabinets that eat people and the occasional outbreak of brain-loving zombies to be put down.
I haven't enjoyed a novel so much in quite a while and am eager to read the next book in the series. In fact, I couldn't put it down and read it non-stop from beginning to end with breaks for resting my sides from laughing so much.
This really is a must-read book and an exceptional first attempt for Anton Strout.
Now a brief message from the Penguin Group;
An excerpt from debut author Anton Strout's terrific urban fantasy novel, Dead To Me:
Possessing the power of psychometry has meant a life of petty crime and failed relationships for Simon Canderous, but now he's gone over to the good side. A recent recruit to New York City's underfunded and (mostly) secret Department of Extraordinary Affairs, Simon's learning his way around mazes of red tape, office politics, and the basics of paranormal investigation. But it's not just the paperwork that has him breathless...
After Simon spills his coffee on (okay, through) the mysterious ghost of a beautiful woman—who doesn't know she's dead—he and his mentor decide to track down her killers. But Simon's not at all prepared for the strange and nefarious plot that unfolds before him, one involving politically correct cultists, a large wooden fish, a homicidal bookcase, and the forces of Darkness, which kind of have a crush on him.http://us.penguingroup.com/static/html/scifi-fantasy/deadtome.html