Author: Robert Daniels
Series: A Thriller (Book 1)
Publication: Crooked Lane Books (December 8, 2015)
Description: After years of paying her dues on the force, Beth Sturgis has earned her place as a detective for the Robbery-Homicide division of the Atlanta PD. Now, she's heading up a major manhunt for a potential serial killer who’s working his way inward from the outskirts of the city. The copycat elements in the first crime scene lead Sturgis to retired FBI agent Jack Kale, who was responsible for apprehending and nearly killing the murderer known as the Scarecrow, the same Scarecrow who appears to be this new killer's terrible inspiration.
A reclusive single father and university professor, Kale is trying to keep the demons at bay through therapy and avoidance. That is, until Sturgis shows up asking for his help. Against his better judgment, Kale is drawn into the most dangerous cat and mouse game of his life. Robert Daniels's Once Shadows Fall, is a gripping thriller in the bestselling tradition of Silence of the Lambs and is sure to become a crime fiction classic.
My Thoughts: This thriller pits a police officer new to homicide and a former FBI agent who is currently teaching at Georgia Tech against a copycat killer who is leaving a string of bodies in Atlanta. Beth Sturgis is assigned the case when a smaller nearby police force calls in the Atlanta PD because they are out of their depth. It looks like another victim for the Scarecrow but the Scarecrow was caught and is now securely locked up in a mental hospital.
Beth wants to call in Jack Kale who was the profiler who brought down Howard Pell. However, he suffered a breakdown after the case and currently suffers from panic attacks which he has a tendency to over medicate. He is reluctant to get involved in the new case but Beth manages to drag him in until his curiosity takes over.
The story is filled with dogged police procedure and grimly graphic crime scenes. It features a creepy villain who christens himself Soul Eater. I enjoyed watching Beth and Jack solve the puzzles and put together the clues to catch this criminal. I also liked watching the relationship grow between the two of them.
Fans of thrillers will enjoy this story. I'll be looking for more from this debut author.
"Here's the plan," Jack said. "We walk up and ring the doorbell."I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.
"Right," Blaylock said.
"That's it," Jack said.
Pappas and Blaylock looked at each other. Finally, Pappas said, "Well, it's an easy plan to remember."