Jesse James Dawson was ordinary guy (well, an ordinary guy with a black belt in karate)---until the day he learned his brother had made a bargain with a demon. Jesse discovered there was only one way to save his brother: Put up his own soul as collateral and fight the demon to the death.
Jesse lives to free his brother---and becomes part of a loose organization of champions who put their own souls on the line to help those who get in over their heads with demons. But now experienced champions are losing battles at a much higher rate than usual. Someone has changed the game. And if Jesse can't figure out the new rules, his next battle may be his last....
Jesse is a blade for hire if the person hiring is sincere that he/she made a highly stupid mistake by selling their soul to a demon to acquire something they desire. Jesse's job is to fight it out with the demon to get said soul returned. He also has a job at a funky clothing shop that has a loose enough schedule for Jesse to train and fight as needed.
I love Jesse's wife and daughter. They both put up with a lot with the secrecy and Jesse's missions with alacrity and hugs. Mira is a witch and ornery and Anna is five and ornery. Jesse is a lucky man.
Oh boy! Another superb new-to-me series that I couldn't wait to put the rest of the series on the WWBL....second in the series is SHOT IN THE DARK out on 5 Jul 2011. It's on the pre-order list.
Five Jesse'll get your soul back beans.....