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Black Fall: A Jessica Blackwood Novel Paperback – March 21, 2017
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Praise for Name of the Devil: “Science supersedes the supernatural in this action-packed follow-up.… With snappy prose and a smart protagonist, this is an adrenaline-fueled procedural with an unusual twist. Great reading.” (Booklist (starred review) )
“In Mayne’s exciting second Jessica Blackwood novel, the cunning FBI special agent applies her magician training to investigating a bizarre explosion…. A fast-moving thriller in which illusions are weapons for both good and evil.” (Publishers Weekly)
Praise for Angel Killer: “Mayne, the star of the A&E show Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne, combines magic and mayhem in this delightful beginning to a new series…. Readers will look forward to Jessica’s future adventures.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A magical debut that mixes charismatic characters, an intriguing premise and a dash of illusionists’ secrets to entertain readers and leave them eager for the next act.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Professional illusionist Mayne introduces a fresh angle to serial-killer hunting.… Mayne forgoes gimmicks, instead dissecting illusions with human behavior, math, and science without losing sight of the story’s big picture.” (Booklist)
“Looking for a dark page turner that will keep you guessing until the very end? Jessica Blackwood is your girl!” (WhyGirlsAreWeird.com)
“Entertainment at its finest! Magic and mystery blend together to showcase one heck of an intriguing plotline.… The sort of book you just can’t put down and yet you regret once that last page is turned.” (Fresh Fiction)
“Magic and murder make a spectacular entrance in Angel Killer, an intricate thriller with techno overtones written by illusionist Andrew Mayne…. Addictive.” (BookPage)
From the Back Cover
An hour after a severe earthquake rocks the Eastern seaboard, a video of Nobel Prize—winning physicist Peter Devon predicting the location and date of the earthquake goes viral.
But Peter Devon has been dead for eight years.
The FBI’s best chance at finding an explanation is agent Jessica Blackwood. Raised as the rising star in a family dynasty of illusionists, Jessica has talent and experience that endow her with a gift for knowing when things are not always as they appear to be. Jessica’s boss, Dr. Ailes, puts her on the case even though she’s still recovering from a routine surveillance operation gone horribly wrong. When police discover a body that matches her description of the disturbed young woman who attacked her at the stakeout, Jessica is torn between professional duty and a personal desire to find out who this woman was, and why she was killed.
The investigations pull her in very different directions—until they start to converge, leading Jessica to confront something so twisted, only one person could be behind it . . .
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Our favorite magician turned FBI agent is back to solve another seemingly impossible case.
After an earthquake hits the east coast, a video appears online of physicist Peter Devon correctly predicting the date and location of the earthquake. Peter has been dead for 8 years. How did he know? Did he know? Who else is involved? Is this a trick?
During her investigation, Jessica is attacked by members of a religious cult. What is their involvement? Why do they want her dead?
She is led to a MISSING town in Colorado that may or may not hold the answers she is looking for.
There are several intriguing characters along the way that keep you guessing about their potential involvement.
The biggest question Jessica has through it all: Is the Warlock involved?
I absolutely recommend Black Fall to anyone. Fans of the series and Andrew Mayne will love the latest installment. Those new to the series will certainly become fans. Happy reading!
Andrew Mayne is either a genius or does A LOT of research because every time I checked any fact in the book (be it about computers, historic events or magic) it panned out. Or did it? Reading his books makes me trust the internet less than ever before and makes me want to take down my Facebook page!
If you think about picking up a Jessica Blackwood novel, do yourself a favor and start with Angel Killer and read them in order. You won't regret it if you enjoy a good mystery with lots of drama but enough "comic relief" from the sarcastic and funny protagonist's thoughts and comments to lighten the mood.
Intriguing, realistic storyline with plenty of twists to keep the reader both interested and guessing.
Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking, informative and snarky dialogue.
'However, over the last year, I have to admit that things have improved between us. Either he’s become less of a bast@@@, or I’ve become a little more of one and can give it right back to him.'
'I sometimes joke that I don’t need children to look after me when I get older, because I’ll have Amazon Prime.'
'I wonder if the first person to realize I’m dead will be the mailman who sees Amazon packages stacking up on my doorstep. This scares me more than I let on.'
'People may say they want a revolution, but they also crave stability and things like pension plans and Starbucks with working Wi-Fi.'
I may re-read this story and always look forward to works by this author.
I found the characters fun, intelligent, and interesting. I've picked up some books, read a few chapters, and then put them down again, but these were different. I wanted to know the next step... I wanted to know more about the world of these characters and their thought processes. I enjoyed the insight into the mind/tools of a magician. Using those skills to solve crime set these books aside from other crime solving books, which I usually don't enjoy.
I inhaled this story. It had a clever hook (a disappearing town), an intriguing plot involving a series of disaster prediction destabilizing the country (the McGuffin, a suspect who may be pulling strings from inside a maximum security jail cell, is a little worn of late but this is only a minor part of a much greater whole) and very engaging and believable characters.
I would certainly read other books from this author based on this story's quality, and would look forward to seeing more involving the same character.
Very good all round. Recommended.
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