Martin's debut is truly superb, combining enough procedural details to satisfy CSI junkies with humor, emotion and a generous number of chills. The first-person telling adds immeasurably to the reading experience. Here's hoping it's the first of many Sophie Anderson exploits.
Australian expatriate Sophie is the latest addition to the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, and she's already impressed her superiors with the quality of her work. Sophie's psychic ability is something she prefers to keep under wraps, which isn't a problem until her dreams begin showing her the work of a serial killer the unit is tracking.
Sophie can't ignore what she's seeing, so she confides in a colleague, Samantha Wright. But when Sam disappears, Sophie's on her own again. She can't confide what she knows even to fellow agent Josh Marco, who's also her lover, because he's under suspicion. (MIRA, Jan., 352 pp., $24.95)