A Cruel Season for Dying
by Harker Moore
Category: Fiction / Mystery
321 pages; ISBN: 0892967749
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
The victims share in common that they were gay, killed by the same perp using an unknown source, and swan feathers inserted into slits in their backs to apparently simulate angels. NYPD assigns Japanese-American Lieutenant James Sakura leads the investigation to stop the angelic serial killer.
Due to the MO, the media turns the case into a high-profile circus placing pressure on NYPD to solve it yesterday, which leads to the Brass doing likewise to Sakura. He obtains help from others including a Yeshiva University professor, who insists clues can be found in the biblical Book of Enoch. As danger to those he love suddenly surfaces, Sakura knows he must capture the culprit before someone he cherishes dies.
Though much of the case comes out of Serial Killer Novel 101, sub-genre readers will enjoy this delightful police procedural due to the lead sleuth. Aspects of Sakura’s home life and childhood provide an interesting look at his divided cultural loyalties messing up a mind that prefers order to chaos. However, the gaze into the hero’s personal life never unites with the who-done-it, which in spite of its textbook methodology remains fun to follow.
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