Skin Deep by Mark Del FrancoSkin Deep by Mark Del Franco

Skin Deep

byMark Del Franco

Mass Market Paperback | July 28, 2009

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She'll need to keep up appearances-if she wants to stay alive...

Being an undercover agent has its occupational hazards, but Laura Blackstone makes it look easy. As a spy for a fey intelligence agency, she uses her magical abilities to create disguises that are skin deepglamours that must never be compromised. But when Laura's worlds collide she'll have more to worry about than retiring an identity; she may just lose her life.
Mark Del Franco lives with his partner, Jack, in Boston, Massachusetts, where the orchids tremble in fear since he killed Jack’s palm plants.
Title:Skin DeepFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.85 × 4.25 × 0.8 inPublished:July 28, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0441017436

ISBN - 13:9780441017430

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A spin off that left me spinning Skin Deep by Marc Del Franco is a spin off series from Del Franco's Connor Grey series. It's set in the same universe with the same species. In the Connor Grey series the main character is a disillusioned investigator for the guild. In Skin Deep the main character is a staunch believering in the guild and all it's policies. The main character in Skin Deep is Laura Blackstone. She's a deep cover agent for Intersec(or the guild, there's some confusion where on stops and the other starts). She is a master of glamours. Glamours being disguise illusions. In one disguise she's Mariel Tate Anti-Terrorism specialist. In another she's Laura Blackstone PR person for the guild. In her third, and final identity, she's Janice Crawford s.w.a.t. druid. In this novel all the identities become embroiled in a mystery that sees each identity have multiple attempts made on their lives. It seems that Janice stumbled into a massive conspiracy involving corrupt cop, politicians, and independent security contractors. When Mariel Tate investigates an attempt on her life blows up an FBI building. I can't exactly remember why Laura was targeted but she gets shot at/blownup/poisoned/etc/ as well. Slight problems with the book include a poor introduction of the Mariel Tate identity. The fact that the main character is actually three different people causes some confusion. And I don't know if this is true of all copies of the book, but there are actual physical problems with the printing in the book. It looks like creases or something happened during the printing process. The book isn't terrible. A little challenging to read. And after the slam the guild takes in the Connor Grey series it's a little hard to see them as the good guys in this series. I wouldn't say it's a book you should go out and buy, but I would say it is a definite library rental, or even a used book store buy.
Date published: 2009-07-29