When Death Intervenes
by L.C. Hayden
Review by Mel Jacob
Harlequin Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780373267835
Date: 01 January 2012
Retired policeman Harry Bronson encounters a recent widow, he wants to help. At first too frightened to say anything, she at last talks to Harry. Her tale of the death of her parents and her husband as well as threats to the lives of her son and grandson shocks him and convinces him her life is in danger. Then, a man, a serial killer long thought dead by the police, surfaces in connection with the crimes.
The serial killer likes to toy with his victims and make them suffer before he kills them. He doesn't believe in guns. Harry soon discovers the killer's identity. His efforts to convince the local police to help catch the man ends with Harry accused of murder and his family threatened.
The woman's husband worked for a pharmaceutical firm and was engaged in developing a revolutionary drug to rejuvenate aging skin. As Harry pieces the clues together, he discovers the information may be hidden in a computer game that only the dead man and his wife can win because it's based on their experiences.
Meanwhile, the killer plays a deadly game with Harry. If Harry fails to catch him, he kills another victim. The killer takes out the innocent as well as the guilty. Then, he involves Harry's family.
Hayden has plenty of surprises in store for Harry and the reader. A major complication is who to trust. It takes all Harry's skill to track the killer. Stopping him is by no means certain. Most horrific acts Hayden describes occur off stage so readers aren't subjected to scenes of gore and violence. When Death Intervenes is the fifth Harry Bronson mystery. Others are sure to follow.