Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sight Unseen-Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen

Sight Unseen
Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen
St. Martin’s, Jul 15 2014, $27.99
ISBN: 9781250020529

In the greater San Diego area, a serial killer has murdered at least six people in the last month and half.  Autopsies revealed that each of the bodies contained the same unidentified substance.  After investigator Jeff Stedler vanishes, the FBI consults with music therapist Dr. Kendra Michaels, who has been very helpful on other difficult cases due to her extraordinary sensory skills; she was born blind so honed her four other senses to an exceptional level though surgery at twenty gave her sight.

Kendra soon realizes she has a psychopathic fan whose killings pay homage to her most famous cases; but also fears she knows the culprit.  This “artist” rejoices that the cherished role model has joined the investigation as this killer plots for the student to surpass the teacher by murdering her.

The second Kendra Michaels FBI procedural (see Close Your Eyes) is a fabulous whodunit starring an in your face abrasive Shirley Holmes with skills mindful of Daredevil and tact mindful of a raging Wolverine.  The key support cast is fully developed especially her teammate (very loose definition) Adam Lynch and the killer as Johansen provides a tense suspense.

Harriet Klausner

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