Everybody wants to live forever, but some people shouldn’t live at all …
After a near-fatal car crash, Royce Vandeweghe wakes up to find he’s one of the first patients to undergo a radical new procedure: a full-body transplant. Convalescing years later and suffering from waking nightmares, he answers the door at his Long Island home and meets Delta Devlin, a New York detective. She sees things nobody else can—visions created by a mutation to her eyes—and meeting Royce sets off an unraveling chain of events …
Royce becomes Devlin’s prime suspect in a string of grisly murders. Desperate for answers, he tracks down the grieving widow of the man whose body he now inhabits. Out of time, and perhaps his mind, they spiral into a world of black-market body parts and billionaires where nothing can stand in the way of living forever—not even death itself.
This series launch from Canadian author Mather (Cyber Storm), a highly appealing blend of mystery, thriller, and speculative science fiction, introduces 27-year-old Det. Delta Devlin of the Suffolk County PD on Long Island. The daughter of an Irish cop and a Creole painter from Louisiana, Del has a unique talent that helps her in her police work: she can see millions of colors. When Del becomes entangled in a case involving an affluent man who survives a deadly car crash by undergoing a revolutionary full-body transplant, her deductive talents connect him tangentially to an infamous serial killer still on the loose, as well as a doctor obsessed with immortality, and a trust fund that could be worth billions of dollars. Though the narrative is a bit cumbersome initially and takes a while to gain momentum, the subsequent relentless pacing, well-developed main characters, and plethora of bombshell plot twists toward the end make this a fun albeit far-fetched tale. The science angle adds satisfying depth.