When Shadows Fall-J.T. Ellison

When Shadows Fall
J.T. Ellison
Mira, Feb 25 2014, $24.95
ISBN: 9780778316046

Needing to leave the perilous law enforcement field work behind, Samantha Owens accepts a position to chair and teach at Georgetown University Medical School’s Forensic Pathology Department. However, she becomes intrigued by a letter addressed to her from Timothy Savage; in which he pleads with her to investigate his homicide.

Initially planning to ignore the death bed request, Sam learns that someone also murdered Savage’s lawyer and that the Lynchburg, Virginia police ruled Savage’s recent death as a suicide. An autopsy affirms the deceased’s assertion that he was killed. With her boyfriend retired Army Ranger Xander Whitfield, and DC PD homicide detective Darren Fletcher helping her, Sam makes inquiries into Savage’s life. Their investigation leads her to the FBI as Savage was an undercover agent infiltrating a dangerous cult to rescue a child and the conclusion that more deaths will follow.

With a nod to the movie DOA, the third Samantha Owens investigation (see A Deeper Darkness and Edge of Black) is a superb complicated whodunit due to the myriad of nasty people with various motives that range from the bad to the ugly. Readers will appreciate J.T. Ellison’s latest greatest thriller.

Harriet Klausner

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