Homicide detective Elise Sandburg understands Savannah's famous darkside better than most. Her own history is colorful and tragic. Elise was found abandoned as an infant in a cemetery shortly after her famous father's death. Adopted out, Elise learned the ways of her Gullah heritage and its connection to voodoo and spells.

Elise and new partner David Gould are confronted with a couple of eerie cases that tie into zombie legends. Someone is drugging individuals with TTX, the poison from puffer fish, which if it doesn't immediately kill them, places them in a state mimicking death. In order to discover the who and the why, Elise and David are going to have to follow the clues into a dark and very dangerous world.

This is a truly creepy and thrilling book. Frasier's skill at exposing the dark emotions and motivations of individuals gives it a gripping edge. (Jun., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith