Irene Kelley bets her life on a deal she makes with a serial killer in the novel that "firmly ensconces [Burke] in the mystery pantheon with Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker, and John Sandford."(The Tennessean)
Burke is such a fine, realistic writer that she can tread her way carefully across territory already well covered by Patricia Cornwell, Jeffery Deaver, Thomas Harris, et al. and still find something new to say about ritual murder and forensic science. But her real talent is bringing to full, instant life a remarkable woman--and the city she lives and works in. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Irene Kelly, a newspaper reporter, has been following the story of a missing woman, Julia Sayre, for four years. Julia's daughter repeatedly checks in with Irene to see if she's come up with any information on her mother's whereabouts. Then, Nick Parrish is caught after killing another woman. Parrish had been a neighbor at the time Julia Sayre went missing. He agrees to reveal the body's whereabouts if he is spared the death penalty, but not all is what it seems.
The book takes several twists and turns, never letting up on the suspense. Anyone that likes a suspenseful story won't be able to put this book down. The action never stops. This book is a great book to read if you're looking for an exciting read with lots of twists and turns. I'd highly recommend it.
Good book up until halfway through, when the second plot kicks in and everything just falls apart. I'd say give it a read as Irene Kelly is pretty interesting. It's a shame the first half of the novel couldn't have been longer and better written (with more emphasis on the killer and his assistant) and the second half could have just been left on the cutting room floor.
Eh. Mildly recommended. Just stop after about halfway through to save yourself the dissapointments coming up. And keep a notebook handy so you can keep the plethora of supporting characters straight - too many characters doing too many things weighed this book down heavily.
Burke's ongoing character Irene Kelly, a feisty journalist, is part of a team of mostly cops and forensic specialists going on a mountain trek with a serial killer to find the body of a victim he says he buried there. Thus begins a harrowing, tragic and creepy cat-and-mouse game that will keep you reading (and maybe even keep you awake) until the end.
I guess my only criticism would be that the book is packed with such an enormous cast of characters that it is sometimes difficult to keep them straight (this is more in the first half, though). Fortunately, the later part of the story focuses most of its attention on 4 or 5 of them so it's easier to follow.
The book's villain is not one you're likely to forget soon!