Two investigators struggle to understand the effects of a new drug on Recondito residents.
When she was still new to the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, Special Agent Isabel Lefevre was pulled into an investigation in Recondito, a coastal town known as “The Hidden City.” She was charged with catching the Recondito Reaper, a serial killer who’d been dismembering the bodies of scientists with connections to the local university. Working with Detective Patrick Tevake, Izzie identified the killer as Nicholas Fuller, whom they caught while he was dismembering a victim he insisted would be his next-to-last. Fuller was killed in the ensuing standoff, and Izzie and Tevake were glad to put the case to rest. Five years later, Tevake’s forced to reach out to Izzie again when strange connections to his current case recall things Fuller said before his death. Tevake’s been investigating the appearance of Ink, a new drug that appears to imbue users with zombielike characteristics. It’s lucky that Izzie arrives in town with an open mind, because Tevake’s theories on Ink border on the woo-woo side of science. Could some sort of ancient mysticism block its effects? The only thing Izzie isn’t open to is a relationship with her new colleague, Special Agent Daphne Richardson, even though she commands Izzie’s interest even when the two are talking murder rather than romance.
Roberson’s expertise as a television and comic-book writer adds a cinematic flair to his story, though readers expecting a resolution will have to wait for later series entries.