ANGEL KILLER by Andrew Mayne


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A killer determined to bring miracles to life—and death—is hunted by a former magician determined to show that the culprit has nothing more than tricks up his sleeve.

Though she’s usually more the paper-pusher type, FBI Agent Jessica Blackwood is called into the office over the weekend by Dr. Jeffrey Ailes, better known as the Witchfinder. Ailes, who specializes in cases that require intricate knowledge of coding, is hot on the trail of someone who’s hacked into the FBI’s system with GPS coordinates, presumably of a dead body. When the team arrives at the murder scene, the victim appears to be crawling out of her own grave. Even though she’s very recently dead, records show that she was killed two years before. Now Jessica knows how she’ll be used in the case. The perp, nicknamed “Warlock” by the Bureau, is using some kind of illusion to stage elaborate crime scenes. Jessica’s been brought in as an expert in the art of illusion. As a fourth-generation magician, she’ll be the one who’s expected to understand the logic behind the elaborate staging of Warlock’s crimes. She’s helped not only by her expertise, but by the love—or at least the obsession—of Damian, an expert human chameleon and sometime stalker whose clues in the case help Jessica understand that Warlock may be only the beginning.

A magical debut that mixes charismatic characters, an intriguing premise and a dash of illusionists’ secrets to entertain readers and leave them eager for the next act.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-06-234887-6
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Bourbon Street/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2014


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