This Case Is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova

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What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power—our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks,” and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires, werewolves, and elves—or, on occasion, to live at the Seelie Court.


Linnet Ellery is the offspring of an affluent Connecticut family dating back to Colonial times. Fresh out of law school, she’s beginning her career in a powerful New York “white fang” law firm. She has high hopes of eventually making partner.


But strange things keep happening to her. In a workplace where some humans will eventually achieve immense power and centuries of extra lifespan, office politics can be vicious beyond belief. After some initial missteps, she finds herself sidelined and assigned to unpromising cases. Then, for no reason she can see, she becomes the target of repeated, apparently random violent attacks, escaping injury each time through increasingly improbable circumstances. However, there’s apparently more to Linnet Ellery than a little old-money human privilege. More than even she knows. And as she comes to understand this, she’s going to shake up the system like you wouldn’t believe….

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About Phillipa Bornikova

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PHILLIPA BORNIKOVA has been the story editor of a major network television series, a horse trainer, and an oil-company executive. She lives in the Southwest. This is her first novel.
Published September 4, 2012 by Tor Books. 319 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A New York lady lawyer battles sexism and arrogance in a world ruled--gently, invisibly, but insistently--by vampires, werewolves and elves, who collectively emerged from the shadows less than half a century ago.

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Bornikova (a pen name for SF author Melinda Snodgrass) kicks off an urban fantasy series that’s less about hunting monsters and more about producing billable hours on their behalf.

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Set in New York City, This Case is Gonna Kill Me is an urban fantasy novel by Phillipa Bornikova that features vampires, werewolves, and fairies.

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Fantasy Literature

We also see Linnet deal with several side cases that also illuminate facets of her world and her character.

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Science fiction writer Melinda Snodgrass has given interviews saying she wrote the book under the name Phillipa Bornikova so fans understand the switch in writing style and subject.

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