The Unseen

Women are going missing and turning up dead in San Antonio and their murders are eerily reminiscent of a prostitute's murder in the 1830s. To solve the mystery, the FBI is putting together a task force, but the members of the task force are far from ordinary, employing supernatural abilities to complement their law enforcement training. Logan Raintree has been selected to lead the new team of investigators and the first recruit to his team, Kelsey O'Brien, is staying at the Longhorn Saloon, where a young woman went missing and the original prostitute was murdered. Logan and Kelsey both have supernatural abilities, the ability to see spirits and interact with them, and their supervisor, Jackson Crowe is counting on them to solve the disappearances and deaths.

The Unseen is a story of helpful ghosts and victims of violence and greed, alongside of characters that hide their abilities from the mundane world, but use them effortlessly to solve cases. The mystery of the disappearances and deaths is well executed, the male protagonist has some depth from a past personal tragedy, and the author is clear from the beginning that though the tools may be supernatural, the murderer is not. Readers may be familiar with other books featuring Jackson Crowe, such as Phantom Evil, or be drawn to the setting, San Antonio, Texas, which the author draws with loving familiarity and affection. The Unseen will also satisfy readers looking for a fix of the television show Medium, or Kay Hooper's Evil and Shadow series, style of detection.

Book Blurb for The Unseen

Sometimes the dead do tell tales...

1800s. San Antonio, Texas: In room 207 at the Longhorn Saloon, in the long shadow of the Alamo itself, a woman renowned for her beauty was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found.

One year ago: In that same historic room, another woman vanished without a trace. Her blood was everywhere...but her body was never recovered.

Now: In the last month, San Antonio has become a dumping ground for battered bodies. All young women, many of them long missing, almost all forgotten. Until now.

Texas Ranger Logan Raintree cannot sit by and let his city’s most vulnerable citizens be slain. So when he is approached to lead a brand-new group of elite paranormal investigators working the case, he has no choice but to accept the challenge. And with it, his powerful ability to commune with the dead.

Among Logan’s new team is Kelsey O’Brien, a U.S. marshal known for her razor-sharp intuition and a toughness that belies her delicate exterior. Kelsey has been waiting all her life to work with someone who can understand her ability to “see” the past unfolding in the present. Now she has her chance.

Together, Kelsey and Logan follow their instincts to the Alamo and to the newly reopened Longhorn, which once tempted heroes with drink, cards and women. If the spirits of those long-dead Texans are really appearing to the victims before their deaths, only Kelsey and Logan have the skills to fi nd out why. And if something more earthly is menacing the city’s oldest, darkest corners, only they can stop it—before more innocent women join the company of San Antonio’s restless ghosts....

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2012 4.00