Author: Chris Roberson
Publication Date: Oct 18, 2016
I received a review copy from the publisher Nightshade Books. This does not affect my opinion in any way!
A modern-day supernatural crime thriller set in a fictional west coast city, from the New York Times bestselling author and co-creator of the comic book-turned hit TV show iZombie.
Izzie Lefevre was the newest investigator for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit when she first came to Recondito, a coastal city that’s been shrouded in mystery and legend for centuries. Local law enforcement had requested the Bureau’s assistance in hunting a sword-wielding serial killer who’d left a dozen mutilated bodies in his wake. Patrick Tevake was a local homicide detective assigned to the taskforce, and together he and Izzie managed to track down and stop the killer before he claimed another victim.
Five years later, Izzie and Patrick remain haunted by what the killer said before he fell in a hail of gunfire. Izzie’s ancestors were “mambos,” voodoo priestesses who claimed to communicate with the dead and protect the faithful from evil spirits. Patrick’s Polynesian great uncle told stories of Recondito’s supernatural menaces that lurk in flame and shadow. The killer’s last words have brought up a past both Izzie and Patrick thought they’d long since left behind, and neither has been able to shake the feeling that their case was never completely solved.
So when Patrick, now working with the vice squad to investigate a dangerous new street drug, discovers a connection between the street drug and the serial killer’s victims, he realizes that their instincts were right: the threat is far from over. Reunited again, he and Izzie will discover that Recondito is a city of dark secrets, and their own pasts may be the key to unlocking them.
Well this was interesting. I loved the mash-up of a police procedural, the scientific and the the supernatural. It took a direction I didn’t expect and which I’ve steered clear of in the past but I think it works well in this because everything was dished out in the right dosage.
The main character is an African-American woman and there are also LGBTQ elements present so yay for diversity.
I loved the pacing and the storyline itself. I felt it could easily have become too techy but it didn’t and the supernatural elements are well-woven into the story with references to various myths and legends mostly from the Voodoo and Mayan cultures. The police procedural parts were also well written and thrilling and I felt like it was easy to follow along with the clues left and it was fascinating to see the rational mind being put to the test to accept supernatural explanations to what was happening.
The few romance bits were well written with just enough sexual tension without it overtaking the plot or becoming central to the story. I liked the camraderie between Izzie and Patrick and liked seeing them find common ground in their different beliefs.
Overall, a really interesting start to a series for lovers of the Agent Pendargast series by Lincoln & Child and the Jack Nightingale series by Stephen Leather even though it has a totally different twist. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to Firewakers the second book.