From the back cover: "A brutal attack at St. Anthony's Cathedral leaves behind a symbol of the mythological Sinner--a phenomenon that's been kept alive in conspiracy circles and urban legend since before the Civil War. The symbol--and the legend attached to it--spark the curiosity of investigative crime writer and amateur detective CK Ivors. But CK and her team soon discover that they aren't the only ones on the case when she meets the strange and mysterious Loftis Johnson, who's also tracking The Sinner for reasons of his own. Are they on a collision course where they'll never be the same?"
CK Ivors has a team of investigators that you just get the biggest kick out of! She has a computer geek, an assistant and her cousin, a lawyer and her bodyguard, and a "spook"--someone who comes and goes at will, contacting her when he chooses to (not a ghost--a real person!).
Together, they try to unravel the mystery of the Sinner--a phantom vigilante who appears to have lived for...150 years?? Interspersed among the story are bits of the first journal kept by this Sinner...his roots, if you will.
He dreams of people who do unspeakable acts, and doesn't get relief until he punishes them...and it is gruesome, let me tell you. Not graphic, but you do get the point.
The mystery is intriguing, the characters are very appealing, and the story is smoothly written. I was anticipating a sequel, but the end left me hanging in such a way that I'm not quite sure.
But another novel from this author would be a pleasure and a must read for me. I consider Sharon Carter Rogers to be in the big leagues of gritty, spiritual suspense.
If you enjoy Tedd Dekker and Robert Liparulo, Eric Wilson and Chris Wells...you'll LOVE Sharon Carter Rogers!!