Aria, June 2004, 25.00, 288 pp.
He was an FBI agent for twenty-seven years, looking forward to retirement so that he can play golf and catch up on his reading but now that the time has come E.L. Pender is bored silly. He occasionally teaches a course at Quantico where he meets his old friend Julian Coffee, the chief of Police of St. Luke, an island in the Caribbean. Julian offers him a free vacation in his tropical paradise if Pender will help track down the serial killer known as the Machete Man. Peter has captured high profile serial killers and is considered an expert on the subject.
Pender gladly agrees to travel to St. Luke and sink his teeth in another serial killer case but he has never gone up against killers as the ones who are committing the crimes. Anthropologists Phil and Emily Epp along with their servant and accomplice Bennie believe they will remain young and live for eternity if they catch the last breath of a dying person. They are cold, calculating, and totally ruthless; willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want. They will turn out to be Pender's most formable enemies.
Jonathan Nasaw, the author of THE GIRLS HE ADORED and FEAR ITSELF has written another exciting chilling crime thriller told from the point of view of the protagonist and the antagonists. The juxtaposition of the serpent in paradise works brilliantly throughout the storyline and readers will feel shocked that people could carry out such carnage. Emily is the female Hannibal Lechter who weaves an evil spell over all who comes in contract with her.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner