cover image Angel Killer: A Jessica Blackwood Novel

Angel Killer: A Jessica Blackwood Novel

Andrew Mayne. Harper/Bourbon Street, $14.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-234887-6

Mayne, the star of the A&E show Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne, combines magic and mayhem in this delightful beginning to a new series starring Jessica Blackwood, a talented fourth-generation magician, who has left the family business to work for the FBI. When a hacker dubbing himself Warlock leads agents to a Michigan cemetery, they find a newly dead body that appears to be identical to a girl murdered two years earlier. Faced with a seemingly impossible crime, a high-ranking FBI consultant has Jessica assigned to the case, hoping her expertise in magic can help unmask a killer who seems determined to build his own cult through “miracles.” Initially reluctant to draw on her past, Jessica quickly becomes engrossed in debunking the Warlock’s increasingly flamboyant demonstrations and anticipating his next moves. Readers will look forward to Jessica’s future adventures. Agent: Erica Spellman-Silverman, Trident Media Group. (Sept.)