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Talented thriller author, J.T. Ellison returns following her standalone, No One Knows (2016) with FIELD OF GRAVES(Taylor Jackson #8 Prequel), as she takes readers back to some of her favorite characters: Taylor Jackson (Homicide), Dr. Samantha Owens, (Autopsies-ME) and Profiler Dr. John Baldwin (Former FBI profiler).
Also, Captain Price, detective Pete (Fitz) Fitzgerald, Detective Lincoln Ross and Detective Marcus Wade.
It is Nashville, Tennessee and a serial killer is on the loose. Vanderbilt college students. Why are these murders happening? A message?
Taylor is having dreams of a field of graves. From panic attacks and nightmares. Baldwin in brought in as a consultant and he has his own demons.
Lieutenant Taylor Jackson, Criminal Investigation division, Nashville Metro Police. A promotion to lieutenant at age thirty-four. Cops always tried to make her life difficult, since she was a chick. A tough smart one. Martin ruined her life and nearly derailed her career. She was still clawing her way back.
Ellison gives readers the background of Jackson and how the team came together. All your favorite characters. Sam spent her time perched over Nashville’s dead bodies, and Taylor’s best friend. Taylor’s group was unique. “The Murder Squad.” In Nashville, Homicide covered the full gamut of physical crimes.
What made Taylor’s team different from Nashville’s other homicide detectives was the element of mystery in their jobs. If a violent crime occurred that resulted in a death, and there was no suspect, they caught the case. If the trail went cold after 24 hrs. it was theirs. It fell in their laps. She was proud of her team with a high close rate.
However, success was always tempered with a desire to see failure. She had made a lot of friends when she killed David Martin, even though he was dirty. No one wanted to see a cop dead, even if he was a bad guy. He had tried to kill her first.
Ellison fans will delight with the compelling fast pace suspense. From mystery and intrigue, forensics, profiling, with flawed characters, and as always plenty of wit to balance the dark side. Enjoyed revisiting with Taylor and Sam!
Fans of Mary Burton’s Morgans of Nashville Series will enjoy!