Author: Jordan Castillo Price (jordan_c_price)
Type: Original Fiction
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Gay
Word Count: 29k
Link 1: http://psycop.com/stories/ATLexcerpt.html (includes an excerpt that's the whole first half of the book)
Link 2: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5603414-among-the-living
Link 3: http://jcpbooks.com/ebook/among.html
Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who’s more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves.I had read a lot of books last summer, seen a lot of recommendations for this series, before I actually read it. I'm not sure what it was that didn't attract me initially, or made me think I wouldn't be interested, because it turns out this is one of my favorite series of anything, ever. It's a perfect storm of perfect. I've already read the entire series (to-date) twice. I'll probably go through it all again in a few months.
He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or “Stiff”) from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner’s retirement party and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer with a gruesome M.O. surfaces--and no one agrees what he looks like.
Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer’s not leaving any spirits behind
Among the Living is the first book in Jordan Castillo Price's PsyCop series. I think I've read everything of Jordan's (except for her latest, which I'm saving for a rainy day), and as far as I'm concerned, she can do no wrong. Her writing is very smart and funny, and she really knows how to write a realistic male protagonist. And she writes in first person, something I have the hardest time finding--what is wrong with first person, people?! She even has a vamp novel that I read and loved despite thinking I was all vampired out (that one'll come up later in these 100 things). The series is currently six books long, but it isn't done; I'm not sure when the next is slated to be published. I don't believe she's said, but I'd guess fall of this year or spring of next?
Among the Living (and the rest of the PsyCop series) is about a world in which psychic powers are common and known about (the world is otherwise identical to our own) The MC, Vic Bayne, can see dead people. Not just see them, but talk to them and interact with them. For years, he thought he was crazy, and then all of the psychic phenomenon started to come to light in the 80s and it turned out he was far from it.
Once upon a time if you told doctors you heard voices, they’d diagnose you as schizophrenic, put you on heavy drugs, and lock you away in a cozy state institution to keep you from hurting yourself or others.
Nowadays they test you first to see if you’re psychic.
[A little more babbling....]
Now, years later (and after some pretty intense and horrifying "training"), he's the "Psy" half of a "PsyCop" team for the Chicago Police Department. His "Cop" half, an older guy named Maurice, is retiring, and that's where our story starts.
This is good stuff. If you like psychic powers stuff, supernatural stuff (ghosts and other assorted nasties), and cop novels, this is maybe as good as it gets. All with a side of snark and sexy men (having really good sex). Among the Living is a novella, but the books grow progressively longer. The sixth one, GhosTV, is 111k .
Jordan is a very involved authors. She has a blog and LJ that she posts to regularly, an email newsletter, and she has her own publishing label (which means you can get good deals on her books in bundles and she can keep prices down). There are also a bunch of extras to go with this series--some free, some not, but all fun. You can find them here.