Top critical review
Proficient but routine thriller
on April 29, 2003
The book centres on a forensic sculptor ,named Eve Duncan who is living in Atlanta with her lover, Joe, a cop, and her adopted daughter.She is slowly putting her life into some semblemce of order following the death of her young child ,Bonnie ,whom she sees in dreams (or are they visions from the other side ? the question is kept open )
She is a driven woman ,obsesssive where her work is concerned and determined ,as a mission statement almost ,to ensure the unidentified dead are given face and form by her work.
She is pressured by a Presidental aspirant Senator Melton to take on a job in Baton Rouge -identify a skull recently uncovered that may have implications for his career.When she refuses someone goes to great lengths to ensure her relationship is placed in jeopardy and ,under duress she takes on the job .Soon two people are murdered and she herself almost dies from poison.
She together with Joe .and a Liverpudlian hit man ,named Galen ,not to mention an environmentalist/journalist set out to strike back at those responsible -a secret society ,named with stunning lack of imagination ,the Cabal ,and it all build to an implausible climax in Florida
It is solid second string work and its major drawbacks for me where a lacklustre plot and the stylistic unremarkability of the prose .Eve is given more than her share of neuroses and traumas but is a likeable heroine although for me as a Brit the most interesting figure was Galen.A working class guy from Liverpool,he is not the conventional cold and cynical hit man nut a gregarious gastronome with a sly and at times inappropriate sense of pich dark humour
I want more of these two and hope that a stronger plot can be found as a basis for additional Eve Duncan books