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Literature: Elemental Assassin
The Elemental Assassin series is an action series by Jennifer Estep. It tells the story of Genevieve "Gin" Blanco, barbeque chef and professional assassin in the crime-ridden city of Ashland.

The series consists of the following novels:
  • Spider's Bite
  • Web of Lies
  • Venom
  • Tangled Threads
  • Spider's Revenge
  • By a Thread
  • Widow's Web
  • Deadly Sting
  • Heart of Venom
  • The Spider

It also has the following eBook novellas:
  • Thread of Death
  • Parlor Tricks
  • Kiss of Venom

Tropes found in the series include:

  • Big Bad: Mab Monroe, at least for the first five books.
  • Bria I Am Your Sister: Detective Bria Coolidge was once Bria Snow, Gin's presumed dead younger sister. It takes Gin two books to admit this to her once they finally meet.
  • Contract on the Hitman: In Spider's Bite, Gin is hired to kill a target. Another assassin, the Viper, is hired to kill her immediately after she completes the contract so that the authorities have a convenient scapegoat to hang the murder on.
  • Dating Catwoman: Detective Donovan Caine and Gin Blanco, the assassin who killed his partner. While he eventually gets over the "killed his partner" thing (he was a very Dirty Cop, even by the standards of Ashland), he ultimately decides that he can't be with her and still be the man he pictures himself to be, so he leaves town to remove himself from temptation. The next time he appears, they've both found somebody else.
  • Elemental Magic: Most of the cast. Gin's a dual element user - Ice/Stone.
  • Fantastic Noir
  • Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit: Captain Wayne Stephenson is a Dirty Cop who is constantly dabbing away sweat with a handkerchief. In Spider's Bite, he shows up at a formal fundraiser wearing a white suit.
  • Four Races: Humans, Dwarves, Giants and Vampires, any or all of which can have Elemental magic.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: In Spider's Bite, Gin finds some photographs of Giles Gordon engaged in sex with prostitutes:
    "Giles had been a little more serious about his prostitute predilection than Fletcher's file had let one. I turned one of the photos sideways. More flexible, too."
  • High Dive Escape: In Spider's Bite, Gin is attempting to escape from the Ashland Opera House when she is cornered by Donovan Caine on the roof. She escapes by jumping off the roof into the Aneirin River.
  • Knife Nut: Gin
  • Orderlies Are Creeps: In Spider's Bite, Gin kills an orderly at a mental hospital who has been raping patients.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Even Gin doesn't think of herself as Genevieve anymore.
  • Red Baron: When working, Gin goes by the alias of 'The Spider'. Her mentor went by the alias of 'Tin Man'.
  • Scars Are Forever: Especially when molten metal is poured into the wounds before they have a chance to heal.
  • Self Fulfilling Prophecy: Mab's efforts to eliminate the Snow family before one of their children could rise to become an elemental strong enough to challenge her is what caused a young Genevieve Snow to become the assassin Gin Blanco. The fact that Mab had designated the wrong daughter as her primary target didn't help.
  • Trademark Favorite Drink: Gin for Gin.
  • Wretched Hive: Ashland
  • You Killed My Father: Gin to Mab.

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