Good lord! What a great book to read! I mean, if you like to read a book that includes excellent action, believable magic, well written characters, and have the characters (aka practitioners) working their magic and all of that leads to exciting action of good guys versus bad, truly evil....then this is the book to read.
Mason is a jazz musician with magical practitioner abilities. He used to work for a magical enforcer agency, but he really doesn't take well to organization and management. When magical friends start disappearing or coming up dead, he is drawn back to the agency to help out.
Louie is Mason's Ifrit, a magical creature and a dog. Or a dog with magical creature mixed in.
This is a well told story and I could compare it to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. Loosely looooosely similar. Mason is like Harry Dresden in doing the right thing and chafing at management characters, but Mason and Louie make a team that can definitely stand on its own without the comparison to Harry and his companions. I can't wait to read the next in this series, NEW TRICKS.
Five dog named Louie beans....