Bantam, July 2003, 5.99, 321 pp.
A serial killer in Atlanta has murdered six high profile individuals. The athlete, attorney, college president, newspaper columnist, public relations firm owner, and former deputy mayor all complained of hearing voices that no one else heard. After they died, the police saw the same symbol marked on their chests. The police don't have a clue as to the identity of the killer so when psychic Monica Gaines offers her services to the police department, City Councilman Edward Tallman forces them to use her.
Atlanta police detective Joe Bailey works in the bunco squad and is well known for debunking paranormal cons. He is assigned to work with homicide so he can make sure that the psychic isn't pulling any con. He doesn't believe in the paranormal. When Monica's clothing spontaneously combusts and she has the serial killer's mark on her Joe is still looking for a rational explanation. When Joe hears the voice of his dead wife and lifts her prints in his home, his belief system get rattled. Still he is determined to find out who is doing these things and how it is being done.
DEADLY VISIONS is a very exciting police procedural with just the right touch of romance which is not at all surprising since the author's mother is the New York Times best-selling author Iris Johansen. The protagonist is a single father nurturing his eleven-year-old daughter and tahat immediately endears him to the audience. Fans hope that the protagonist will give his former lover a chance at beginning a new relationship. The who-done-it is cleverly set up so that readers will finish the book in one sitting to see who is playing head games with Joe.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner