January 2011 / ISBN 978-0-7653-2606-5
by Dennis Collins
This story begins with an infant crawling into traffic on a busy
Chicago expressway. Cars swerving to avoid the child are involved
in a huge pile-up with multiple fatalities. One heroic teenager
bolts through the carnage to scoop the baby up off of the pavement.
Forensic archeologist Blue Erikson is at her job at Northwestern
University when she sees her young son on a news broadcast. Little
Adam had been left in the care of her ex-husband at Blue’s
house. How could he have wandered out onto a major highway during
rush hour? Blue is shocked and near panicked as she rushes home.
She arrives to find her house surrounded by crime scene tape…
Police have no suspects and no motive for the brutal murder of
Blue’s ex-husband. Nothing in the house has been taken and
Edward, the victim had no known enemies.
FDA agent Marcus Holton has tracked a paid assassin to Chicago.
Nobody knows who his target might be but hit-man Felix Hacker seems
to be on a mission. He slips out of town as quietly as he snuck
in, without leaving a clue about his business during his visit.
Agent Holton has observed that all of Hacker’s victims have
had some sort of ties to the illicit drug trade.
Professor Blue Erikson has done some recent research into psilocybin,
an hallucinogen found in a certain species in mushrooms. Her investigation
has suggested that this chemical may actually be a cure for drug
addiction. The study is in its early stages but promising enough
to pursue vigorously. Blue needs more information and is headed
out on an archeological expedition to Peru and then Turkey to collect
tissue samples from mummies to compliment her analysis.
While in Peru a member of Blue’s team is killed in a mysterious
rock slide which also injures Blue. Blue suffers a cracked rib but
is able to continue her work.
Hacker, a skilled killer has missed his mark twice now and the
frustration is beginning to influence his judgment. The vendetta
has become personal and he begins to throw aside the discipline
that has made him successful over the years.
Marcus Holton has now pieced together the situation and rushes
to intercept the assassin.
Author Barbara D’Amato sits you up straight and at attention
in the first couple of paragraphs and keeps you there for the rest
of the story. Her amazing knack for detail is the product of extremely
thorough research. You’ll get an education in ancient cultures
as well as a solid adventure in this novel. The story flows so smoothly
you hardly notice D’Amato’s gift for prose. It’s