The pace is brisk in Watterson’s sophomore chiller, as the action takes place over a few days and there’s a lot going on. Ellie’s personal relationship, begun in the first book, is a running theme here and promises to continue in book three.
They call him the Burner. He leaves his victims arranged on a table, then burns the house around them. It is up to Milwaukee homicide detective Ellie MacIntosh and her wisecracking new partner, Jason Santiago, to unravel the crime. It’s the hottest summer in recorded history and things heat up even more as singed bodies appear one after another. Leads are few, but might be tied to a cold case fed to them by a vice cop who wants in on the action. (TOR, Jun., 320 pp., $7.99)
Donna M. Brown