|The NAACC is a nasty organisation. If you've read the earlier
books in this series, you'll know that. And they jealously guard their monopoly on the
precious Violets, who can be possessed by (some of) the Dead.
Problem is, there just
aren't enough Violets to keep the NAACC happy. So what is a sociopathic control-freak
organisation to do under these circumstances?
If you guessed "Make more!", go to the head of the class. Of course, the
method they decide on is both unethical and illegal, so they make sure the guy heading up
the project is sociopathic even by NAACC standards, and has zero supervision in order to
preserve deniability. When the scientist suborned into running the experiments has an
attack of conscience and kills both himself and all their test subjects, our
"rogue" operative has a problem a shortage of henchmen, and a dead
scientist who won't talk. Now everyone "knows" that the best person to solve any
problem is the person who created it. Enter Evan Markham the Violet Killer from
Book One. And Evan, we may remember, has a particular personal interest in our plucky
Mr Woodworth is back on his game with this one. New and interesting characters fit
seamlessly into the complex interwoven plot, and my writer's brain tells me that at least
one is coming back for his own book. So my earlier fears that Mr Woodworth would exhaust
the potential of his creation too fast are proving groundless there's a whole heap
more interesting stories here, folks. I, for one, do not intend to miss out.