As a criminal pathologist, Dr Edward Jenner has seen many bad deaths in his day, but none as crazed as the ritual slayings perpetrated by Robert Farrar, The Inquisitor. He survived the final denouement of Farrar’s killing spree, but not the fall-out from the authorities which saw his medical license suspended and him banished from New York.

In this book I follow Dr. Jenner as he moves to a new town and immediately finds himself in the middle of murder and drama. It starts out fun enough. He moves in and the former M.E. has been found murdered and he has to perform the autopsy. Then bodies start popping up hanging from trees and being run over. Love it.

And then I find out that all the murders are connected and I feel a bit deflated. I don’t want everything to be connected. I want different story lines where the lead character, in this case Jenner, is torn from one case to the other. But as it turns out one case gives him clues to another.

Dr. Jenner is likable enough. He seems like a normal man: likes his job, has insecurities and falls for women everyone tells him he shouldn’t.  His relationship with Rudge was interesting as the appeared to be good friends but there was some struggle at times when one tried to overshine the other.

The first creep factor for me was a scene between daughter and father by the pool.  Jenner was meeting a woman he would later date at her house when out of the pool comes her naked father. His daughter just giggles and says “Daddy”.  Throughout the book we see just how odd their relationship is and how uncomfortable everyone is around them.

The overall book was good. There was a lot of racial and ethnic undertones – book revolves around Mexican run farming – which while rings true to the climate, takes some getting used to the first couple of times it is thrown your way. I did enjoy reading it, but it wasn’t a book I rushed through dinner to pick up and continue.

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