Burcell tells an exciting tale that invokes government conspiracy, technology run amok and the high cost of privacy. A ruthless villain with the power to thwart any effort to stop his plan keeps the action flowing. Though there are previous books in the series, Burcell does a phenomenal job at balancing the story elements so newcomers don’t feel lost while fans of the previous books don’t grow impatient. Burcell is definitely an author to watch.

FBI Special Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick made a mistake when she let the Devil’s Key, a list of numbers that are a matter of national security, be copied. A young woman named Piper with an eidetic memory has memorized the list and is now a target. Fitzpatrick and her allies need to protect Piper from a higher-up in government who doesn’t care how many people die as long as the list of numbers is destroyed. Loyalties are questioned and the lives of many innocents are at stake if Fitzpatrick and her team fail. (HARPER, Jan., 416 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jeff Ayers