Detective Alex Mills searching for a possible serial killer.
This killer has been attacking victims and leaving their bodies
in desert caves. Mills is under tremendous stress in trying
to find this killer and with situations on his home front.
Mills asks Gus Parker, a medium who has helped Mills in the
past, for his assistance. Parker has visions, some which make
no sense at the time, about the deaths and eventually finds
himself in an unsafe situation. Will Parker survive? Will
Mills be able to figure out who the killer is in time?
Remains is a typical police procedural mystery with a
little twist with the use of a medium in helping solve the
case. Mediums have been written and utilized in solving crimes
before, but what was interesting is that Parker had his own
little medium team that he used and bounced ideas off of in
order to help Mills. The bond between Mills and Parker seemed
realistic in the nature of a detective using a citizen for
assistance. The plot itself was interesting in having the
use of desert caves and Native American artifacts in use.
thing that I would change is that the ending was slightly
predictable, which might have been Cooper’s purpose.
A kind of story where the reader knew what was going on and
was seeing how the detective solves the case. Desert Remains
is a fun and enjoyable mystery where the idea of using mediums
is respected and not looked down upon. I would recommend this
for any fan of modern day detective mysteries.