Someone recently wrote an article indicating that the sale of romance novels has gone up during this economic slump. People, it seems, want to escape through their reading. Since I'm not a great fan of bodice-rippers I'd like to suggest that reading a good thriller is a fine way to escape for a while, and to this end try Joel Goldman's The Dead Man.
Second in the Jack Davis series this story will capture with the opening pages - a sheriff goes to a brutal murder scene at a farmhouse. A couple is dead, brutally murdered, slaughtered really, rather reminiscent of the Clutter killings. But in that case the murderers were caught - in this case they are not.
As many will remember Jack is a former FBI agent. He suffers from a movement disorder that causes him to shake, thus the FB no longer believes he is capable of service. Milo Harper runs an institute aimed at helping people control their dreams. However, her institute may now be named in a law suit due to recent deaths of patients.
A friend of Jack's recommends him to Milo to run security for her. Said friend presents this opportunity to Jack as the perfect job for him - set your own hours, take breaks whenever you wish, etc. Jack's response is, "I haven't had a perfect job since Sue Ellen Erickson asked me to carry her books home in the fifth grade." Nonetheless, he takes the job.
It's not long before he has reason to wish he was back in the fifth grade as his investigation soon reveals that there is a psychotic serial killer on the loose.
Chock-a-block with danger and fast-paced The Dead Man will take anyone's mind off a dwindling bank account, at least for a while.
- Gail Cooke