Ramifications from the previous book echo in Johansen's latest Eve Duncan thriller. This time it's hero Joe Quinn who must cope with radical changes as they face a truly unusual killer. Johansen also introduces an intriguing new character whose motives and powers are quite cryptic. You'll want to keep the lights on while reading!
Eve and Joe stopped serial murderer Henry Kistle, but an even more dangerous killer has set his sights on Eve and her adopted daughter, Jane. Kevin Jelak has carved a path of death and blood-drinking from Europe to the United States in his quest for immortality.
Jelak's most recent victim, Mary Jo Norris, reaches out from beyond the grave to contact Joe, who has been struggling with activating his latent power to see ghosts, so he's not initially receptive. But the arrival of the ominous Seth Caleb forces both Eve and Joe to look beyond the normal. Caleb has been tracking Jelak for years and will not stop until this vampire wannabe is destroyed. (ST. MARTIN'S, Oct., 384 pp., $27.99)