Garcia and Stohl prove their mastery of the Southern gothic once again. Near-biblical plagues inspire religious fervor from fanatical side characters, the oppressive heat becomes almost a character in itself and voodoo magic creeps up from the Castor Tunnels below Gatlin, S.C. The ending is perfect, a climax that reveals only part of the mystery while calling our bluff to the very end. As always, the male protagonist is a refreshing and welcome change. It’s a must-read for series followers.