Houston Police Detective Sean Jamison is tormented. Long on the job, he’s suffering both physical and mental burnout, as he and his colleagues search for a serial killer who is targeting the women of the city. Then, belching smoke from an oil refinery triggers a memory in Jamison, a memory of a past life, and a love lost. As one memory piles on top of another, he realizes that his lost love is no longer ‘lost,’ but is a possible target of the killer known as The Magician, and only dogged police work and his strange ‘intuition’ can catch the killer and save his beloved.
Death Unmasked by Rick Sulik is a gripping paranormal thriller, deftly combining the paranormal with police procedure as Jamison finds more and more links with his past as he chases a killer who quotes from an ancient poem after each crime.
The author drops one surprise after another as you make your way through this riveting story, ending with a more than satisfying, but strange conclusion. I can’t say which was better, the way he handled reincarnation, or the way he built a murder mystery, clue by clue, so I guess I’ll just have to say the whole thing worked for me.
This was a pretty competent first novel.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I give it four stars.