A carefully orchestrated plot and multi-faceted characters are the highlights of
this tale of murder and intrigue. Suspects -- and red herrings -- are numerous.

Det. Rob Vaiden finds a dead body at the home of archaeologist Charlotte "Charlie" Blair that has all the earmarks of Orion, a killer he's been tracking for 10 years. Charlie has secrets of her own -- stones with engravings that relate to additional killings. The bodies pile up, and events escalate when the stones are eerily replaced by the rod of Manco Copac, a gold phallus that was engulfed in a mudslide after Charlie rescued the stones. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown