Cass Neary Series #2
After a brief career as a photographer in the 1970’s, in which she produced one cult-classic photo-book, Cass Neary has spent most of the last thirty years doing nothing, unless you count drinking and using, trying halfheartedly recapture her fading talent.
Returning to New York City after a traumatic gig in Maine, the full story can be found in Generation Loss, Cass is back in the city laying low knowing that the police from Maine will come looking for her soon enough. Then two things happened in quick succession: she receives a letter from her first love and a call from an art dealer needing her expertise.
With nothing but a passport and her vintage camera, she hops on a plane to Helsinki, Norway. There she travels to the home of a world-famous photographer and is paid to authenticate a few photos the art dealer wants to purchase. But they are not what she is expecting: the photographs show the murder victims of a serial killer in the moments after their deaths. The artist swears he did not kill the victims, but his secrecy and the amount of money he is seeking for them lead Cass to suspect he is lying.
Unwilling to get involved in how the photos were taken or what it might mean that she has seen them, she collects her fee and leaves. That night, the photographer is murdered. Cass flees to Reykjavik, Iceland thinking that while she is in Northern Europe she will track down the old boyfriend who wrote her recently. She could not have picked a worse place to travel.
Touching down in Reykjavik, Cass is almost immediately caught up in a group of once-hardcore death metal musicians whose interest in the occult practices of ancient Arctic civilizations seems to extend beyond the academic. The people who she meets in Iceland as she tries to find her old boyfriend all seem linked to the underground world of satanism…and they all seem to be dying within days of meeting Cass.
Facing down people and events that she could never have imagined existed, Cass must keep her cool as she tries to extract herself from these fanatics before she is their next sacrifice.