Title: Stiletto (Checquy #2)
Author: Daniel O’Malley
Length: 580 pages
Where Bethany’s Copy Came From: IndyPL
Plot Basics: After facing a big threat from within, Rook Myfawny Thomas of the uber-secret Checquy (the government organization of the truly weird) is negotiating a merger with the Grafters, the Checquy’s centuries-old enemy. The Rook and two other women — a Grafter delegate and a Checquy operative — have to figure out who’s trying to derail the negotiations before they are all blown to bits. Literally.
Banter Points: The Rook was one of the my 2014 favorites with its fantastic blend of X-Files, X-Men and Mansfield Park Britishness. I knew I loved the supernatural part, but what I forgot and rediscovered in Stiletto was how funny O’Malley’s writing is. It’s all very dry and very subtle but it makes this 580-page whopper far more readable.
The other great part of this book is that Rook, and the two other women — Odette and Felicity — are fantastic. I found myself liking them a lot and wanting them to win.
Also, expect to see Stiletto somewhere in my top 10 list for this year.
Bummer Points: It’s probably going to be another two years before we get the next one of these. Hopefully there is a next one of these.
Word Nerd Recommendation: You have to start with the Rook and then go on. No jumping into book 2 first.