Gauntlet, 24.95, 406 pp.
The trail of dead males seems to run up and down the eastern seaboard from as far south as Georgia and as up north as Pennsylvania. The victims are butchered in some sort of sadistic sexual rape.
Shara Farris (see HUNGRY EYES) is no longer a vigilant seeking justice by hunting for prey. Instead she is now a bounty hunter seeking justice by legally hunting for prey. She joins forces with police detective Lamar Briggs, an individual who she helped obtain an acquittal on a murder of a rapist charge. They seek out the serial “John” killer. Shara can read the mind of the female murderess Mica Swann. By doing so, she realizes that Mica is just like her except her beast from within is freed through the killings.
The latest Barry Hoffman “eyes” tale, JUDAS EYES, is an exciting paranormal-psychological mystery investigative tale that will provide much entertainment to those readers who enjoy a thrill a page. The story line is fast-paced and the female characters are intelligent and have their act together even the killing machine Mica. On the other hand, with the exception of Lamar, the males (mostly victims) appear to think with the wrong head, which hurts the flow of strong tale that screams at the easy acceptance of “violence is as American as apple pie” mentality.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner