Nathaniel Moore is a myth. He’s a witch too powerful to exist and too clever to be caught. He’s kept himself young for two hundred and fifty years with life-stealing dark magic and left a long trail of bodies in his wake, but no matter how many Chasers the Magistrate sent after him, not one of them was the challenge he wanted.
Elton Willis, a model Chaser for the Magistrate, expected the ultimate villain when he cracked the cold case and tracked Moore to a cheap apartment in Yuma. What he got was an infuriatingly carefree man who smokes like a chimney, laughs at puns, and treats his young apprentice like a daughter. It’s an uncomfortable discovery for someone determined to bring the man to the Magistrate’s gallows.
Further complicating the issue, Elton has accidentally let loose one of Nathan’s old enemies–a lich with a vengeful attitude and a thirst for human souls. Now the Chaser is forced to choose between taking Nathan in, which would leave the murderous monster to roam free, or teaming up with the object of his obsession to take the lich down.
The obvious answer, of course, is also the option that’s the biggest pain in Elton’s ass.
Elton should have known to expect a game. Tasked with putting a stop to Nathan’s latest killing spree and kept on a tight leash by his new partner, Elton is on a fresh hunt for his overly-enthusiastic nemesis.
The city of Toronto is Nathan’s playground, and every breadcrumb he leaves is as frustrating as the last, but Elton has no choice but to follow the dangerous witch’s trail—as well as keeping an eye on Cora, his cheerful stowaway and the closest thing he has to an informant. He can’t—or won’t—admit that he loves the hunt just as much as Nathan does.
His partner is inflexible, Cora is uncontrollable, and the Magistrate binding him is corrupt and self-interested. None of it matters. Elton’s target is finally in sight, always just beyond his fingertips.
But when Nathan’s game leads Elton to the doorstep of an old friend, he’s forced to face the ghosts of a past he thought he’d left behind. Trapped between a Magistrate that expects him to toe the line and a smirking witch pulling him astray, Elton will have to choose what it means to truly do the right thing.
Available November 3, 2017