In Ellison Cooper’s suspense thriller Buried, an FBI neuroscientist is on the trail of a serial killer who’s turned up the heat on a cold case…
Senior Special Agent Sayer Altair studies the minds of psychopaths. But even she didn't expect to uncover a killer within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Rooting him out and exposing internal corruption got her a bullet wound and six months of desk duty. Now, she’s finally back in the field, called in when an off-duty FBI agent and his cadaver dog fall into a sinkhole filled with human bones.
Found deep in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, the skeletal remains date back almost two decades, the same time a beloved local teen disappeared. The cold case quickly heats up when Sayer's team finds two fresh corpses among the bones. When a gruesome clue ties these new bodies to a woman recently kidnapped along with her young daughter, Sayer has to uncover the connection between the old bones and the new bodies before the mother and child become the next victims.
But the killer is one step ahead, attacking her team and sabotaging their efforts. With Sayer's investigation compromised and unsure of who to trust, she receives unwanted help from Subject 037, one of the anonymous psychopaths she is currently studying. She has the chilling realization that he’s someone powerful in Washington D.C.—and he is not about to let a mundane serial killer jeopardize his own ominous agenda for Sayer…
In Cooper's so-so sequel to 2018's Caged, FBI agent Sayer Altair, a neurologist who's studying serial killers' brains in an effort to ascertain what makes some psychopaths killers, is called in after a fellow agent stumbles on a cavern containing multiple human skeletons in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park. Her life and that of a colleague are almost instantly imperiled at the bottom of the cavern when someone pours gasoline from above into the cavern and sets it on fire. As her inquiry progresses, the future of her position is under threat from a Congressional hearing into how the murderer from the previous book could work undetected at the Bureau's Quantico lab for years. Meanwhile, an anonymous participant in her research study, who claims to be a Washington, D.C., power broker, says he knows the truth about the death of her fianc , Jake. The various story lines all follow conventional paths. That Cooper's prose skews melodramatic ("As Sayer made her way back to her motorcycle, a coal of violence burned in her chest") doesn't help. This one's strictly cookie-cutter.
Couldn’t put this book down. Read it in one night.