Anne Frasier is the pen name of Theresa Weir, widely known for her excellent memoir, The Orchard. Her fiction stands out, in my opinion, for her deep and compassionate understanding of physic pain.
This book is the second in a police procedural series set in Minneapolis about 35-year-old Police Detective Jude Fontaine. (The author does a great job in filling readers in on what happened in the earlier book, so this one can easily be read as a standalone.)
Jude’s police career was interrupted when she was kidnapped. She had spent three years prisoner in a small cage, and during that time she was tortured, tased and repeatedly raped before she managed to get out of the cage and kill her captor. Now she has stark white hair and numerous scars making her instantly recognizable to the people of Minneapolis. She became even more well known after – in the last book and shortly after she rejoined the force – she killed her estranged father who not only was the governor, but who was a serial rapist and killer in his spare time, abetted by his son, whom Jude also killed.
When she came back on the job, she was partnered with the head of homicide, Detective Uriah Ashby. The partnership is working out, although Jude is slow to trust anyone, and their relationship is fragile, “still in the building-trust stage….”
Uriah too has had emotional trauma in his past. His wife committed suicide, and he suffers from repeated and debilitating migraines.
Lately there have been a series of killings that show a similar M.O. to one another, but with the number of bodies increasing. A math professor contacts Jude and Uriah and points out that the killer is using the Fibonacci sequence: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13 ….
Jude and Uriah somehow have to keep their own demons at bay as they struggle to find this new demon, because the imperative of the Fibonacci sequence means there will be an ever greater number of dead to come.
Evaluation: This is an interesting and complex story, and the author’s character development of the two troubled main protagonists is excellent. The murders are gruesome, but the horror is never diminished or normalized. I look forward to the next installment!
Published by Thomas & Mercer, 2018