THE SLEEPING AND THE DEAD
This series starter should go right to the top of all bestseller lists. It is very well written, with fresh new characters, an unusual atmosphere and setting and an explosive ending. Crook’s voice is well developed although this is his first mystery. It is not for everyone. The violence is extreme. Jackie is an often unlikable anti-heroine. However, it’s an excellent read that you won’t be able to put down.
Jackie Lyons is working part-time in Memphis as a photographer of crime scenes. She is called to the scene of the latest victim of the Playhouse Killer, whose especially brutal set of killings re-enact scenes from plays. She is haunted not just by these killings but also by ghosts she has always seen. Then, her new camera suddenly shows them in sharper focus. New clues bring her to people she already knows who may be involved. As she dates the man who sold her the camera, she realizes how much she didn’t know about him. In fact, she doesn’t know much about many people in her life. (MINOTAUR, Jul., 304 pp., $24.99)