Homicide Det. Samantha Brown's life changed irrevocably when she nearly died after being shot in the line of duty. Following her recovery, Sam discovered a new talent -- if she touches the blood of a victim, she can see the last moments of their lives. Right now Sam is on the case of a brutal killer who leaves behind an ancient medieval cross inscribed with the name "Lucan."

For too long, Darkyn Lucan has been the enforcer for Darkyn head Richard. Having had enough, Lucan has semi broken away and set up shop in Ft. Lauderdale. Running a Goth nightclub is the perfect cover, but when individuals who have had contact with him turn up murdered, Lucan realizes someone is sending him a message. Complicating an already tense situation is that both Michael, the leader of the U.S. Darkyn, and Richard are arriving in Florida. Events are coming to a boiling point, and survival may become an issue for both Sam and Lucan.

For centuries, politics and power have been the justification for killing. In Viehl's edgy series, characters' motives are muddled and not always pure, which adds depth and darkness to her stories. This book concludes with a cliffhanger that sets things up for more danger and gritty drama to come. (Jun., 304 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith