"Deadly Visions follow Psychic from Big City to Small Town"
Morgan Smith/Tarrant had escaped family and notoriety in
Salem, Massachusetts, hoping to live a productive and
anonymous life in the Big Apple. She had not, however been
able to run away from her gift, or was it her curse? It
happened again on the subway train she'd boarded to carry
her home from work -- a vision, murder. She saw it all: the
victim, an older woman - left to die all alone, the killer -
who was somewhere on the same train and planning to kill
again. She would have to report it to the police and
subject herself to the same disbelief her visions always
evoked in law enforcement officials, the same sensational
notoriety when she proved herself to be the real deal.
True to form, publicity disrupts her life again. She had
done what had to be done and lost her job as a result, but
for the first time a killer gets away. Morgan decides to
start over once more, this time to a small town in the
Midwest where no one would know her name, and crime would
be minimal. French Creek, Indiana had proved to be a haven
for two years, until .....
Detective Gabriel Walsh, former Navy Seal. had recently
moved to French Creek himself. He'd recently come close to
losing his life in the line of duty, and his personal life
had taken a beating as well. He'd been looking for a haven
and held the same hopes as Morgan for a quiet existence in
a small town. He soon learns that evil can be found in the
most unexpected places.
Darien Storm, a former Ranger had gone A.W.O.L. from the
army, and had since used his specialized training and his
minor psychic abilities to con innocent people out of their
savings. He'd begun by seducing lonely older women out of
their valuables. He'd gotten away with murder, but he'd
tired of that game and had formulated a new con. He begun
traveling to small towns presenting himself as the returned
Messiah, bilking fundamentalists out of their church
funds. French Creek promised easy pickings.
Morgan had caught wind of the scam from a teenaged girl
working at her shop. The girl and her best friend had been
enthralled by the man's charisma. Morgan smells a rat and
attends the next "performance" with the two girls. She
realizes at once that the killer from her past has
reemerged. She also catches the eye of Gabriel, attending
undercover. He notices that she is unaffected by the
charlatan, and approves wholeheartedly. In fact he is
impressed by everything about her.
At night, visions invade Morgan's dreams with prophesy. She
is told she must face down the killer herself, but the
specter promises her that a treasure of immeasurable worth
will be her reward. Morgan is terribly afraid and she has
no faith in law officers. She is surprised when Gabriel not
only believes in her, but takes on the case vowing that no
harm will come to the remarkable woman whom he suspects
he'd fallen in love with at first sight. Though Gabriel
has had no personal experience with psychic ability the two
seem strangely in tune to each other. He hopes it will be
enough to keep her safe. She suspects that he might just be
a treasure worth any risk to obtain.
Daren's skills are equal to Gabriel's and his psychic
ability could give him an edge. He might play a saint to
the public, but behind closed doors his decadent lifestyle
has not changed. When women begin to turn up dead in French
Creek, Morgan blames her lack of courage and decides to
become his next distraction. To Darien she would be the
perfect ticket out of this penny ante racket. Wealthy,
beautiful, and psychic as well, she could fulfill his
wildest dreams of sex, money, and power. Will Morgan become
his next victim or will lust finally be Darien's downfall?
Can she stop this cunning killer once and for all? Will
love be her reward?
FATAL VISION is a heady combination of paranormal
and romantic suspense featuring a heroine who is strong,
courageous, but also very human. The hero is as tender as
he is tough, and the villain is the epitome of a serial
killer, intelligent, cunning and inherently evil. Well
plotted, this story will keep the reader guessing to the
very last page.
first released Dec. 1999 by SWP
Currently released by LTD Books, also in ebook format
Disc ISBN: 1553160509
Rocket ISBN: 1553169522
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted March 14, 2002