Andrew Mayne, the author of Angel Killer, is an illusionist who used his knowledge of magic to create a serial killer who murders and sets up his victims to appear to have died in miraculous ways. Enter Jessica Blackwood, a former magician turned FBI agent, who puts her knowledge of magic to use in trying to stop the killer.
“In this self-published bestselling e-book by a real illusionist—the first thriller in a sensational series—now available in paperback, FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she has successfully left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her . . . until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers puts her talents to the ultimate test.
A mysterious hacker, who identifies himself only as ‘Warlock,’ brings down the FBI’s website and posts a code in its place. It hides the GPS coordinates of a Michigan cemetery, where a dead girl is discovered rising from the ground . . . as if she tried to crawl out of her own grave.
Born into a dynasty of illusionists, Jessica Blackwood is destined to become its next star—until she turns her back on her troubled family, and her legacy, to begin a new life in law enforcement. But FBI consultant Dr. Jeffrey Ailes’s discovery of an old copy of Magician Magazine will turn Jessica’s carefully constructed world upside down. Faced with a crime that appears beyond explanation, Ailes has nothing to lose—and everything to gain—by taking a chance on an agent raised in a world devoted to seemingly achieving the impossible.
The body in the cemetery is only the first in the Warlock’s series of dark miracles. Thrust into the media spotlight, with time ticking away until the next crime, can Jessica confront her past to embrace her gifts and stop a depraved killer?
If she can’t, she may become his next victim.”
Jessica Blackwood is a likeable main character who is intelligent and quick on her feet. The strange thing is the story of her ex, Damian, who repeatedly appears in her life, sometimes disguised as alternate personas. Damian seemed to be the one who solved the mysteries, rather than Jessica herself, although she was the one using his information to point her in the right direction. I still find it hard to believe that Damian wasn’t involved somehow beyond just being able to understand the killer.
As far as mysteries go, this was a creative and fun one. I would definitely read more books in this series and look forward to learning more about Jessica when those books are available.
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