Saturday, May 7, 2011

Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters) [Hardcover]

I've finished "Phantom Evil" the 1st book in her new Krewe of Hunter series by Heather Graham.

Product Description

A secret government unit is formed under the oversight of Adam Harrison, famed paranormal investigator. The six members he's gathered know a little of the otherworldly—each has honed a psychic talent of their own.

Jackson Crow, part English, part Cheyenne, heads the group. Haunted by his experience with an ancestral ghost who saved his life as a child, and the recent murders of two previous teammates, Jackson can't tell if Adam's demoted him or given him an extraordinary opportunity. Despite his link to the realm of spirits, he's well aware that the living commit the most heinous crimes, with spiritualist charlatans existing merely to fool and seduce the unwary.

To counterbalance Jackson's careful skepticism, Adam Harrison has paired him with Angela Hawkins, a young woman who learned the painful lesson of loss at an early age. A police officer utilizing her paranormal intuition in Virginia, she already has her hands full. But Adam's call to New Orleans is strong.
The case: In a historic mansion in New Orleans's French Quarter, a senator's wife falls to her death from a balcony. Most think she jumped, distraught over the loss of her young son. Some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits that inhabit the house—once the site of a serial killer's grisly work.

Whether supernatural or all too human, crimes of passion, greed and desire will cast the pair into danger of losing their lives…and their immortal souls.

Product Details
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Mira; 400 edition (March 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778329534
ISBN-13: 978-0778329534

My Review:

Storyline:  The wife of Louisiana State Senator David Holloway, Regina falls from the balcony of their mansion to her death. The New Orleans Police Department investigates and concludes Regina committed suicide as she still grieved the loss of her son Jacob due to a DUI several months ago.

Adam Harrison sends in his special paranormal unit headed by Jackson Crowe and his team consists of five other people, each of which has some sort of experience or knowledge about other-worldly things. Their first job and the place where they all meet each other is in a New Orleans mansion where the senator's wife was found dead on the walkway underneath her balcony. Having suffered a horrendous loss recently, many assume that she has jumped to hear death, but the good Senator swears that she would never have jumped, and asks the special team to come and investigate whether or not ghosts had anything to do with her untimely death.

Jackson and Angela Hawkins a young policewoman from Virginia who has can communicate with the dead  wind up leading a team of younger men and women, all in their 20's. The six of them live together in the mansion in order to investigate and to determine if it really was some sort of ghost that killed the Senator's wife, or if she was killed by someone who was far from the grave.

Characters:  Jackson made a great team leader because he's dedicated, feels responsible for his team-mates, great detective skills, delegates really well and has some interesting talents himself.  Angela made a great right hand women because she's cool and calm in situations, also some great detective skills, can communicate with the dead, level-headed, can take care of herself and nice personality.

Really liked how all the kids as they are called got along really well and figured out the pecking order between them.  They also had no problem with Jackson and Angela leading them and delegating team-work to them, etc.
Romance:  Both Jackson and Angela were attracted to each other from the start and their romance started very slowly and they got to know each other.  Loved how all the kids knew they were sleeping together!

Killer(s):  All of the them had an agenda and motives of why they were killing people, etc.  One of them was really sick and perverted!


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