"Great FBI tale"
In Suffolk County, Massachusetts, the FBI and ATF agents
have the secluded cabin surrounded trapping the six cult
members inside with a large cache of weapons. "Father"
informs the sextet that they must not allow Satan to catch
them so they each swallow cyanide capsules just before the
bullets fly. However, Eric Pratt spits out his capsule
deciding life with Satan is better than no life. Six dead
in all counting the hostage negotiation team agent.
FBI Special Agents Maggie O'Dell and R.J. Tully investigate
the Massachusetts massacre and the related homicide of
Ginny Brier near the FDR Memorial. Both are linked by a
connection to the charismatic Reverend Joseph Everett.
However, this case has personal implications for the two
Feds heading up the inquiries. Maggie's mother is a member
of Everett's church and Tully's daughter was with the
victim of the FDR Memorial killing on the night of the
THE SOUL CATCHER is a great FBI tale due to the strong
secondary cast though one must wonder why the agents were
not excused from the case due to conflicts of interest.
Turning a Ruby Ridge-Waco scenario into a real drama works
for this novel because the zillion of support characters
seem so genuine leading to a plausible, exhilarating plot.
Alex Kava transforms the imagery of a monolithic FBI and
sheep-like cultists into a series of intelligent human
beings who sustain a strong police procedural tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 27, 2002