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A band of ruthless assassins converges on a bank in Washington, D.C. They slaughter everyone inside and all escape without stealing a dime and leaving only a message for police warning that another attack is coming. The attackers are more than willing to communicate who they are and what they want. The problem is, they only do so through cryptic messages hidden in a labyrinth of classic literature references.
With the clock ticking down the hours and minutes until another bloodbath, Jenna and the rest of the BAU team have a challenge profiling not one or two, but a dozen individual killers. But even if she is able to save the day, two enemies from her past are lurking right in her blind spot, ready to take advantage of her current preoccupation . . .
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-01
- Reviewer: Staff
The massacre of 21 people by assailants with different bladed weapons at a Washington, D.C., bank propels Marshall’s absorbing third mystery featuring FBI profiler Jenna Ramey (after 2015’s Double Vision). The organized group of killers, who take no money, leave a note at the crime scene containing obscure literary references and a warning that they will strike again. One attacker tells the lone survivor to pass on a cryptic message: “treat all trivial things in life very seriously.” To prevent further deaths, Jenna’s team, the Behavioral Analysis Unit, must solve the puzzles posed by the killers, doing so while fighting a turf battle with Homeland Security. Jenna turns to a socially awkward former patient as a literary consultant. Meanwhile, Jenna believes that she and three-year-old daughter are under threat from Jenna’s psychopathic mother, who was recently released from prison. Adding spice is Jenna’s special gift, grapheme-color synesthesia, which allows her to use colors she associates with people and situations to help her determine the truth. Agent: Rachel Eckstrom, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (Oct.)