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Lucas Jordan works in a special FBI unit that focuses on psychic abilities. This team works hard to show their special gifts can be of some benefit to society, but they must first prove it to be reliable.
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In the small town near the Blue Ridge Mountains, people are being kidnapped for ransom, then killed just after ransom is paid. Lucas tries to use his psychic ability of feeling the victims' fear so he can locate them. He has failed.

A carnival fortune teller from Luke's past is working unofficially with the special FBI unit. Her name is Samantha and she knows a crucial piece of Luke's past that can free his psychic ability. If Luke can unlock his past, he can save this next vitim.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

Bantam, August 2004, 25.00, 352 pp.
ISBN 0553803166

In the past eighteen months, he has kidnapped a dozen victims during a twenty-four hour period, holds them for ransom and when the money is paid, he kills them anyway. The victims have a clock showing how long they have to live. This serial kidnapper and killer leaves no clues and it is only recently that the authorities have detected his pattern.

The circus comes to Golden, South Carolina with one of the attractions being clairvoyant and precognitive fortuneteller Samantha Burke. When her prediction about the kidnapping and death of one of its victims comes true, the sheriff suspects her. Lucas Jordan, a psychic on Noah Bishop's FBI Special Crime Unit, knows that Sam can tell the future because they were once romantically involved. Together they must find the killer before Samantha's vision of the future comes true. Lucas is the only one who can find him due to his special psychic ability but he doesn't know that the killer has specifically picked him for the ultimate cat-and-mouse game.

A unit of psychics in the FBI is made plausible by Kay Hooper's original and unique storytelling abilities. The romance between the two protagonists is also original because she nags and he closes himself off from her, which makes for some very refreshing scenes.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   psychic investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can read emotions    -   mind reading    -   clairvoyant    -   can see into the future Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American    -   Swiss


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Mid-Atlantic states

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   decapitated Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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