At the start of Sokoloff’s solid crime thriller, the discovery in a
landfill of the mutilated corpse of Erin Carmody, the 18-year-old
daughter of a prominent Boston businessman, presents homicide detective
Adam Garrett with a particularly sensitive case. Marks on the body
suggest the killer was conducting Satanic rituals.
When Adam and his
partner, Carl Landauer, question the prime suspect, Jason Moncrief, a
college friend of Erin’s, Jason chants the name of the demon Choronzon,
then assaults Carl. Despite what appears to be an open-and-shut case,
Adam can’t discount the claim that Jason is innocent made by Tanith
Cabarrus, an attractive witch who comes to police headquarters to report
that she dreamed of other murders—and who believes that supernatural
forces are behind the slaughter.
As usual, Sokoloff (The Unseen) does a
good job keeping the reader guessing whether a supernatural agency is
really at work.