cover image Don’t Get Close

Don’t Get Close

Matt Miksa. Crooked Lane, $26.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-64385-900-2

Vera Taggart, the heroine of this tense thriller from Miksa (13 Days to Die), shows enough promise as an FBI special agent trainee to get assigned to an almost 30-year-old cold case involving the Sons of Elijah, suicide bombers who believe they have been reincarnated multiple times over the centuries. When a bomb goes off in a Chicago restaurant, it appears the Sons of Elijah are back in business. Vera tracks down psychiatrist Seth Jacobson, one of whose patients, Sophie Whitestone, was once a member of the group. Vera undergoes hypnosis with Jacobson and discovers that she can possibly remember a past life in 13th-century France and that Sophie had a similar past life experience. Vera and her partner, special agent Joe Michelson, wind up in a race against time as the next potential target of the Sons of Elijah is a Department of Energy research lab, which, if bombed, could result in the loss of millions of lives. Chillingly realistic depictions of past-life memories help ground the over-the-top action. Readers will be eager to see what Miksa comes up with next. Agent: Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein, McIntosh & Otis. (Mar.)