Echoes of the Dead

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Special Tracking Unit, Bk. 4). Oct. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781250179401. $28.99. M
In this fourth installment of crime analyst Kope’s “Special Tracking Unit” series (after Shadows of the Dead), readers get more witty banter from the already developed characters. Steps and Jimmy of the FBI’s Special Tracking Unit are tasked by the FBI director with finding a group of CEOs and politicians who disappeared from their annual fishing trip. Steps has the ability to see a colored “shine” that is distinct to every individual, and this suspect has a green shine. He must keep his ability quiet through wrong suspects and body recoveries until he and Jimmy find the person responsible. Kope shows every piece of the investigation, and the realistic, slow build to a solve keeps readers involved as the mystery unfolds. No gory detail is spared as victims’ deaths are described, leaving readers scared and as eager to catch the killer as the characters.
VERDICT The series has through lines, but each book can be read as a stand-alone; this installment is great for readers looking for a Stephen King–like scare.
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