I’d already read the second book in the Jessica Blackwood series by Andrew Mayne, but I like his novel so much I did the unthinkable…a read the first in the series after having read the second. I don’t usually do that. I am just loving Mr. Mayne’s work.
“He tried to teach me how to see too. Sometimes I think he taught me too well. But it was this skill that made me think I had a chance as a cop. I couldn’t go around making tigers appear to stop bank robbers. But seeing what was in front of me, drawing conclusions that others were oblivious to, that was a useful skill.”
Jessica Blackwood comes from a famous family of magicians. She too had a promising career, but decided that she wanted to do her own thing which became law enforcement, specifically the FBI. Blackwood is paying her dues with what many would feel to be drudgery, but she is content biding her time, that is until she comes to the attention of a special unit leader who wants to exploit her talents. She is called upon to help hunt down a serial killer who seems to be expanding his circle of murders.
“He slides the magazine toward his end of the table and flips it open to a page with a yellow Post-it note. “You said in the interview that you like to be fooled by something firsthand, rather than have someone describe it to you?” “Yes, that way you might think of possibilities nobody else thought about before.” Magic works by misleading expectations. You assume the hand is empty or the box doesn’t have a false bottom. Magicians can be just as easily fooled. We assume the awkward hand at the performer’s side is hiding something or the thick table has a trap door.”
Angel Killer is another great read by Andrew Mayne. Not sure if it is disturbing to be liking novels about serial killers…