BOOK REVIEW: PSI: BLUE
Bring On the Clowns sounds like a fun phrase but after reading PSI: Blue I won't think that again. A vicious murder is killing children by painting them with oil base paint and hanging their bodies in a house of horror. The paint coats their skin and the child is unable to breathe.
Psychic Sensory Investigator for the FBI Aurelia Murphy Hiyakawa is called to Phoenix, Arizona to help locate the monster attacking children. Aurelia is a striking personality. She has one wide Oriental eye jade black and one Celtic eye that is blue. Aurelia is part Asian and part Irish. She tells her favorite bartender that her father lived as a Buddhist and her mother as a witch. She is divorced from Tomi Yoshikani who some call the Japanese Donald Trump. Aurelia and Tomi have one child Nia who lives with Aurelia in a bed and breakfast that Aurelia bought as an investment, but it is turning into an endless drain on her assets because of constant repairs.
Against Nia's will Aurelia insists that she accompany her to Arizona along with their housekeeper and promises that she will find time away from work to entertain Nia. But the man who calls himself the Carnivore Man is not cooperative. Aurelia is racing against time to find two boys he has captured while they are still alive.
Child genius Edwin Arlington Coffin has developed a system called Crawl which the FBI is putting into use in the search. This will be the first time that the system will be used outside of Quantico.
It is the children of the street that are being captured and they tell Aurelia of their legends- the wicked Bloody Mary and the Armies of the devil Zoroaster as well as that of the Blue Lady and the angels that try to protect the children.
The book is suspenseful and in ways humorous. The names are tongue-twisters such as Aurelia's doctor, Lyn Polkabla. A lot of people in the book are reading books or short stories by Joe Konrath, I guess another of Walker's fictional characters. For a very different read pick up PSI Blue.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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