by Terri Persons
Cover Artist: Sam Montesano
Review by Beth Slater
Berkley Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425220467
Date: 01 April 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Imagine seeing death through the eyes of a killer – especially when you are an agent with the FBI? Try explaining that to your boss. Agent Bernadette aka Cat Saint Clare has been trying to explain her high success rate for years with little success – there were still too many rumors circulating the federal agency about her abilities and her inability to maintain a position in any one office for a period of time seemed to back up her instability. It also seems that her failures outweigh her successes – at least, in her mind.
Cat is heading home from her last shift when she and her partner catch a serial bank robber – seemingly by chance – as he's about to pull another job after Cat gets a feeling and then uses the same pen after the robber. Giving the kudos to her partner was easier than explanations, and so Cat simply headed on to her transfer to St. Paul and her new basement office. While unpacking her office her boss assigns her a new case to work in conjunction with the local authorities concerning bodies, all found missing the right hand. Cat finds out that her newest boss, Garcia, requested her for his office because of her reputation despite his doubts about her abilities and hopes that she is willing to use them on cases.
Taking some evidence home to read, Cat is able to get some more information for the detectives to track but she decides to follow it up herself first, to make sure that her information is valid. In between her readings and working from home, Cat keeps running into her noisy neighbor who won't stay away.
Able to assist in the investigation through traditional techniques and her psychic abilities, Cat doesn't always figure out what her visions are trying to tell her because her experiences, knowledge, and choices don't always match up with what she is seeing through someone else's eyes. What she also has trouble grasping is that her paranormal talents seem to be constantly developing, so occasionally her skills blend together. Luckily, Garcia is willing to trust his newest agent's unusual abilities in order to point them in the right direction.
I enjoyed the story Persons presented, even if the protagonist seemed undeveloped in areas – but this is the first book in the series, so it wasn't totally unexpected. This was an absolutely wonderful surprise for a genuine Aerosmith fan club member - read it to find out! – so I have to thank Ms. Persons for that alone, even if I'm not sure which side of the fence she falls. I've already purchased Blind Rage, and I am hoping for a series that will continue to grow and develop into something that is worth reading.