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.
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.
This report prepared by Tracey Ray
Bantam, August 2004, 25.00, 352 pp.
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.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner