Precursor by Matthew Woodring Stover
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Chicago Police Officer Harry Pigeon is searching the sewers with a rich boy adventurer Matthew Duncan and Shay, a rich mystic, for whatever is killing people and animals around the city. Duncan believes it is a troll and has brought a high powered arclight, but Harry has brought a huge big game hunting rifle after seeing how little impact normal bullets apparently had when one of the victims shot whatever was hunting. The trio find tunnels and encounter a troll, with both Duncan and Harry’s weapons needed to bring it down even though Duncan is seriously injured. The three attempt to feel as the rest of the “tribe” attempt to get them until the alpha male negotiates with them, or Harry believes tests them, before letting them leave.
Overall a good, compact story from one point-of-view though the timeline jumps back and forth. Though this might be considered a “down-to-earth” urban fantasy, it was still intriguing.