Latest version at post 9.
My query letter's done, but I know many agents like to see the book's synopsis too. I just wanted to get a few opinions to see if mine does the right job. Happy to crit back.
After the zombie outbreak, the elves, vampires and other mythical creatures revealed themselves to humanity, in order to save it.
In this post-apocalyptic future, half-zombie TATE ROPER is reviled by all groups of people, the humans, the wizards and even the other Mythies. The only thing that stops Tate from ending it all and seeing his family in the afterlife are his fellow monster hunters and his mentor JOVE, who saved him from public execution.
Tate works in the smog-stained city of New London, renowned for its murder rate and magic abuse. It’s Tate’s job to destroy any monsters roaming the city, and to capture any law-breaking Mythies who are a danger to civilians. Tate and his team are on a routine mission when they discover the bodies of several wizards. It seems the rumours he’s heard of a serial killer targeting wizards is true.
Not long after Tate returns home to inform Jove about the whole mess, the militia are at their door, arresting Jove for the crimes. Jove claims to have been framed, but Tate only has mere days to prove his innocence before his mentor is executed.
Jove saved Tate from his own execution, he needs to return the favour, or die trying. To do so, Tate has to figure out the real killer and hunt him down in time. He starts by questioning a nest of vampires, who lead him to a faerie drug dealer. Tate gains two strong leads, but as he can’t follow both at once, he decides to follow his lead in London and sends fellow hunter ESPERANZA MASANDA to chase down their suspect outside the city.
Esperanza sets out across the zombie clogged wastes between cities in her Battle-Car, heading toward a camp of wasteraiders, one of whom may be the killer. Along the way, Esper is followed by the enigmatic DORIAN. Esper is furious as he accompanies her across the wastes, refuting his claims that her father sent him to be her bodyguard, since she could kick his ass any day. Although she can feel her attraction to Dorian growing, Esper focuses on the job, learning the perp she thought was the killer has been recently killed himself.
Meanwhile, Tate’s investigation leads him next to a nightclub where his gorgon ex-girlfriend works. Unfortunately, all clues so far point to his new girlfriend, SHARN. Tate also works out each wizard victim are related, and that there seems to be one victim left who the killer will go after next. However, this victim is the same wizard responsible for accidentally unleashing the zombies who killed Tate’s family.
After being chased by a gang of wasteraiders and their weaponised cars, Esper and Dorian uncover damning evidence, which also points to Sharn being the killer. Esper joins up with Tate before they head to the home of the final victim. Once inside, they see Sharn and arrest her, only to discover who the real killer is and how she framed both Jove and Sharn.
The killer is a fellow hunter Tate interacted with several times in the novel, seeking revenge against the wizards who killed her son. She tries to convince Tate to murder the last victim on her list for her, and Tate is tempted to seek revenge himself. He almost gives in, before realising becoming a murderer won’t bring his family back. After a struggle, Tate tries to apprehend the killer, but she refuses to be taken alive. Fortunately, enough evidence is at the scene to prove Jove’s innocence and he’s set free.
The story ends with Tate recovering from his injuries, his suicidal thoughts temporarily at bay as he looks forward to going out with Esper and his friends to hunt down a pack of ghouls in the city. Jove also receives a message about the gang’s next monster hunting job.