Then the killings start, a series of ritualistic murders that terrifies all of Miami. The investigator is Jimmy Paz, a Cuban-American police detective. There are witnesses, but they can recall almost nothing of the events, as though their memory has been erased, as if a spell has been cast on each of them. Equally bizarre is the string of clues Paz uncovers: a divination charm, exotic drugs found in the bodies of the victims, a century-old report telling of a secret place in the heart of Africa.
These clues point Paz inexorably toward the fugitive, Jane Doe, and force Jane to realize that the darkness she has fled is hunting her down. By the time her path intersects with Jimmy Paz's, the two will be thrust into a cataclysmic battle with an evil unimaginable to the Western mind.
©2003 Michael Gruber; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"First-time novelist Gruber keeps his far-flung locations, complicated characters, and anthropological information perfectly balanced in this finely crafted, intelligent, and original work." (Publishers Weekly)
"This intelligent thriller builds tension from the first page....This book has movie potential written all over it, which is no criticism of its depth, simply a compliment to its strong and colorful story line." (Booklist)
I enjoy the work of the author, Michael Gruber. and this is an interesting and well written thriller. Unfortunately, the narrator's constant mispronouncation of Cuban-African terms and names were difficult to listen to and ruined the rhythm of the story. A few minutes spent learning the correct pronounciation would have made this a 5 star listen.
I read the series years ago and then decided to listen... I really disliked the voice the narrator used for Dt. Paz--she sounds Russian, rather than Cuban--but that's my only major criticism. Really loved the rest and will try Valley of the Bones next. Michael Gruber is an excellent writer! He can really tell an interesting story about ideas that are totally new to me...and as an avid reader, I sometimes feel like I've read it all. But these are very original ideas and I got incredibly submersed in his stories. Loved it!
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