When Lydia was 15, she found her mother murdered and it has affected her lifestyle ever since. She became a true-crime writer as well as a freelance investigator working for the man who solved the crime. She and Jeffrey have remained close since he worked her mother's case, and he joins her at her retreat when she calls to tell him about some missing people in the small town of Angel Fire. Together, they search for clues to link the disappearances and eventually discover the bodies of these people who had little or nothing in common. Then the killer turns to Lydia and a blind man that she has befriended, and the stakes are raised...
This report prepared by Sarrah
St. Martin's, Feb 2002, 23.95, 278 pp.
As a teenager, Lydia Strong learned how to live up to her surname following the murder of her mother by a serial killer. The homicide shaped her personal and professional lives. She molded herself into a non-caring person so that she would never hurt again. Professionally she became a successful true crime writer who depends on her intuition to learn the truth.
Fifteen years later, Lydia is in Santa Fe where three people with no real ties to anyone recently vanished. She and the cops disagree as her instincts scream sly serial killer while Police Chief Simon Morrow insists just a trio of losers escaping from their mundane lonely lives. Lydia persuades private eye Jeffrey Mark to help her prove she is right. Jeffrey would do anything for Lydia, who he unrequitedly has loved since he met her when he was a FBI agent investigating her mother's murder. Soon corpses appear and Simon reluctantly begins to believe in Lydia's intuition that dangerously takes the trio to the Church of the Holy Name for a final confrontation with evil.
ANGEL FIRE is a police procedural tale with an ESP-like private investigative twist to the plot. The lead trio makes an interesting team as a strange yet engaging relational triangle forms. The story line is gory and all over the place losing at times sight of the prime theme, but those readers who enjoy a bloodstained tale with likable protagonists will find Lisa Miscione's debut novel to be heaven sent.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner