A murder has Seattle on edge, and it falls to a pacifist empath—and a notorious empath hunter—to find the killer before it's too late
It’s the middle of the night when part-time police consultant and full-time empath Reece gets an anonymous call warning him that his detective sister needs his help. At an out-of-the-way Seattle marina, he discovers that three people have been butchered—including the author of the country’s strictest anti-empathy bill, which is just days from being passed into law.
Soon, Reece’s caller arrives: a shadowy government agent known as The Dead Man, who is rumored to deal exclusively in cases involving empathy. He immediately takes over the investigation, locking out both local PD and the FBI, but, strangely, keeps Reece by his side.
As the two track an ever-growing trail of violence and destruction across Seattle, Reece must navigate a scared and angry city, an irritating attraction to his mysterious agent companion, and a rising fear that perhaps empaths like him aren’t all flight and no fight after all…
"Readers will be yearning for more the minute they finish the final page." —Library Journal, starred review, on Starcrossed
Sugar & Vice
An empath forms an uneasy alliance with a secretive special agent to solve a murder in this gripping paranormal series launch from Therin (the Magic in Manhattan series). In an alternate present-day Seattle, genetic mutation has given rise to empaths, rare humans who can read emotion through touch. Empath Reece Davies, younger brother to Det. Briony "Jamey" St. James and occasional police consultant, heads to the crime scene when he hears that antiempath Sen. Hannah Hathaway has been murdered—but as he arrives, he receives a cryptic text message from a man called Evan Grayson, telling him to run. Reece later learns that Grayson is the legendary "shadow agent" known as Dead Man. The men team up to investigate, with Reece's biting sarcasm nicely playing off of Grayson's gruff care. Therin leaves the attraction between these two on simmer throughout this installment; readers will need to tune in again to see the relationship truly take off. Meanwhile, Jamey funnels information to FBI agent Damian Nolan, as she's unaware that he's secretly working for a powerful antiempath company. Therin blends fascinating mythology with tight action sequences and shifting perspectives that keep tensions high. The result is a taut magical mystery that will get readers excited for the next in the series.