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Name of the Devil: A Jessica Blackwood Novel    by Andrew Mayne Amazon.com order for
Name of the Devil
by Andrew Mayne
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HarperCollins, 2015 (2015)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

A small church in rural Appalachia combusts, throwing parishioners far and wide. Evidence exists that brutality occurred prior to the explosion. What could have happened? Was someone responsible for the fire or was it an act of nature?

The FBI's consultant Dr. Ailes and Agent Knoll turn to Agent Jessica Blackwood, a respected illusionist with a good track record for ferreting out criminals. She once again saves the day by her uncanny knack for knowing when things are not as they appear to be. She feels that the explosion is simply the first of many crimes.

Dead bodies almost litter the wayside. Jessica travels from the hills of West Virginia to the cartels of Mexico to heaven forbid the Vatican! A murderer is determined to avenge the past. Can she stop him?

Author Andrew Mayne has a previous thriller to his credit, his first in the Jessica Blackwood series Angel Killer. Both episodes will keep you on the edge of your chair. The dust up in Mexico is enough to raise your blood pressure a number of degrees. Even though her life is in peril, Jessica cannot ignore calls from Damian, a character from her first adventure.

Mayne appears in A&E's reality show Don't Trust Andrew Mayne and has worked for David Copperfield and David Blaine as well as Penn & Teller. He knows what he writes about.

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