Narrator: Peter Berkrot
Series: Dominic Grey #5
on 1 May 2017
Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Psychological, Suspense
Source: Narrator, Submitted
In this pulse-pounding novella, Amazon best-selling author Layton Green crafts another chilling, atmospheric entry in what critics have called "the most original series in years."
Is it murder from beyond the grave...or the final ruse of a twisted serial killer?
Three years ago, a deranged murderer dubbed the Halloween Killer butchered half a dozen people in New Orleans. He was caught and sentenced to die. Just before his execution, the Halloween Killer vowed to take revenge on the district attorney who put him behind bars.
Less than a week after the lethal injection, Sebastian Gichaud, a wealthy playboy grieving over the death of his mother, throws on a black cloak and hacks the prosecutor to death with a giant scythe. Not only did Sebastian appear to be fulfilling the serial killer's last wish - he claimed that he was the Halloween Killer.
Now, as the anniversary of the grisly murder approaches, Sebastian is facing trial. No one will touch the case. In a desperate attempt to save his son, Sebastian's father hires Viktor Radek, professor of religious phenomenology, to investigate.
If Sebastian is guilty, Viktor wonders, then why are he and his associate Dominic Grey being warned off the case? And why did the Halloween Killer visit a series of reincarnation experts before his death?
None of Professor Radek's doubts might matter, because he and Grey face the impossible task of convincing an Orleans Parish jury that Sebastian Gichaud is either a prisoner in his own mind - or possessed by the spirit of the Halloween Killer.
(Note to fans of the Dominic Grey series: The Reaper's Game is a standalone novella that takes place earlier in time than The Shadow Cartel.)
©2017 Layton Green (P)2017 Layton Green
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This story grabbed me right from the start. I love books set in New Orleans, with hints of voodoo, the supernatural, and magic – and this one did not disappoint. The story begins with a wealthy father who hires a professor of religious phenomenology, Viktor Radek, and his associate, Dominick Grey, to investigate the murder of the local district attorney. His son, Sebastian, is arrested for killing her, and even though there were witnesses and his fingerprints on the weapon, there is much more to the story.
The D.A. is murdered less than a week after a serial killer, nicknamed the Halloween Killer, was put to death by lethal injection, for the horrific murders of six people. His last words were a vow of revenge against the district attorney. In the same vein as the movie Fallen, Layton takes us on a journey of deceit, unexpected motives, and soul swapping.
After the murder, Sebastian claims to BE the Halloween Killer. Sebastian takes on more than just the deceased killer’s voice and personality. Is he faking it to avoid the death penalty? The closer Viktor and Dominic get to the answers, the more dangerous it becomes for them. Someone has something to hide and is willing to kill anyone who threatens those secrets.
Is Sebastian a killer or has the Halloween Killer indeed swapped souls with him. This is a story that could come across as contrived – reincarnation, possession, soul-migration, but Layton does an incredible job of showing believable proof that soul swapping could be the reason that Sebastian, inhabited by the soul of the Halloween Killer, killed the D.A., while also using other plausible explanations that a jury will believe. Layton has built several layers of intrigue that he peels off a little at a time.
The audio production was excellent as was the narrator. Peter Burkrot’s narration is phenomenal. Each character is easily discernable, and his accents are fantastic. His voice kept me engaged. He was the perfect choice to narrate this audiobook.
Even though this is a novella, it reads like a novel. I had the same feeling of satisfaction that I find with longer stories. Now, I can’t wait to read more of Green’s work.
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