Publisher: Harper Collins
Pub date: April 2011
Brilliant forensic pathologist Edward Jenner has moved from New York to coastal Florida. The ordeal of the Inquisitor killings (in Precious Blood) still haunt him and the political fallout from it hasn’t cleared up yet. In Douglas County, Jenner is working with his former mentor when a series of murders are discovered. Jenner has to get to the bottom of it in spite of the threat to both his career and his life.
This sequel to Precious Blood is a quick, fast-paced thriller. Jenner has been working at his new job only a few months when the bodies of his mentor and his wife are found in a sunken car. Grappling with grief and a need to bring the perpetrators to justice, Jenner goes to work, using his expertise in forensic pathology to retrace what happened. But it is once he receives an anonymous call in the middle of the night leading to the gruesome discovery of bodies of men who have obviously been murdered that he gets an clue as to what might really be going on. Jenner is a man of action and soon discovers a conspiracy that involves some very powerful people.
This was a great read, the thrilling discoveries kept me turning the pages, and I finished the book in a day.
There are a couple of things that didn’t really work me.
- One was the romantic storyline that develops between Jenner and Maggie. It was rather unreal and seemed to develop too fast. Demands and recriminations started from the first date, something that should have killed any possibility of the romance developing.
- The other was that this was more an action-filled story that didn’t focus as much on the forensic angle as I’d expected.
But that said, the eerie setting, the fast-paced plot and the character of Jenner all make this a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Recommended for all fans of crime fiction.
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