Jake Boulder is a night club bouncer in Casperton, a small town in Utah. He occasionally helps his private eye friend, Alfonse, with some of his cases. Jake, a Scot, a fighting MacDonald, is the man of action and Alfonse is the brilliant techie.
The first victim in the book is Kira Niemeyer, who is a former lover of Jake. The Watcher, the killer, is concealed in the undergrowth, observing the discovery of her body. At first, you think that it is because he gets a kick out of seeing the reaction, but it turns out to be so much more than that.
There is a connection between the discoverer of the victim and the choice of his next target. It also comes to light that Kira is not his first victim. Far from it.
We soon get clues to the identity of the serial killer and the author does a fantastic job of describing both the killings and the convergence of the paths of the murderer and Jake.
The Casperton detectives are as incompetent as the Keystone Cops, which is very frustrating for the new Chief of police. He is grateful that he has Alfonse and Jake to assist his enquiries.
The story rolls along at a terrific pace, with graphic descriptions and wonderful tension-building. The characters are very well developed.
This is a great read with a gripping climax. Some parts of it are less than believable, but that adds to the fun. I have no hesitation in awarding five stars to this book and I highly recommend it to you.