He said solve the case when what he usually meant was kill them, kill them all. As a plan, I’d heard worse. As a way of life it lacked a certain romance. As a way to stay alive, it was just about perfect. As a way to keep your soul intact, it sucked. But I was willing to trade a piece of my soul to stop this thing. And that was perhaps my biggest problem. I was always willing to compromise my soul if it would take out the great evil. But there always seemed to be another great evil coming down the road.
—Laurell K. Hamilton/Obsidian Butterfly