In this standalone fantasy novel by an award-winning author, the dark truth behind a string of unusual murders leads to an otherworldly exploration of spirits, myth, and memory, steeped in Caribbean storytelling.
Dr. Miranda Ecouvo, forensic therapist of the City, just helped put a serial killer behind bars. But she soon discovers that her investigation into seven unusual murders is not yet complete. A near-death experience throws her out of time and into a realm of labyrinths and spirits. There, she encounters brothers Chance and the Trickster, who have an otherworldly interest in the seemingly mundane crimes from her files.
It appears the true mastermind behind the murders is still on the loose, chasing a myth to achieve immortality. Together, Miranda, Chance, and the Trickster must travel through conjured mazes, following threads of memory to locate the shadowy killer. As they journey deeper, they discover even more questions that will take pain and patience to answer. What is the price of power? Where is the path to redemption? And how can they stop the man—or monster—who would kill the innocent to live forever?
Lord's standalone murder mystery is a fascinating work of fantasy that's short on plot. As forensic therapist Miranda Ecouvo is wrapping up a serial murder case, she has a near-death experience that puts her squarely in the sights of the angels as well as Chance and the Trickster, a pair of semi-immortal brothers. With the brothers as her guides, she realizes that the case isn't over and the mastermind behind the killings whose goal is to attain immortality can still be stopped. Lord plays with reality and dreams as Miranda follows the brothers on a dizzying chase across various labyrinths. The language is lush and beautiful, but the novel's mazelike narrative can be hard to follow, and it starts to drag in its final third. Readers drawn to Miranda and her story will find that the effort it takes to untangle Lord's puzzle is well repaid; others will find it needlessly complicated.