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Screaming Room
by Thomas O'Callaghan
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Pinnacle, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Who is targeting tourists in the Big Apple - and to add insult to injury, displaying the scalped corpses at tourist attractions? The Mayor is up in arms and has personally assigned NYPD homicide squad commander Lieutenant John Driscoll to the case - straight from his wife Colette's funeral.

Thomas O'Callaghan, author of The Bone Thief, brings us another gory chiller in Screaming Room. But, as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the worst horrors happened in the past - to twin siblings Cassie and Angus, who've carried that bitter burden ever since. The reader meets them early in the story, playing a kind of Monopoly murder, with childlike glee. Though the killings appear to be random, Driscoll and his team - including Sergeant Margaret Aligante, who's attracted to her boss and whose own past history causes her to have mixed feelings about the perps in the case - search for patterns and follow the forensic evidence. They uncover a Native American connection, and unimaginable horrors.

But while Driscoll tracks the twins - hampered by the involvement of the wealthy and powerful father of one of the murder victims in the case - psychopathic young Angus patiently and methodically follows a high tech trail as well, seeking out, and discovering, his bloodhound of an enemy's vulnerability. Screaming Room is another gripping, gruesome read, with a terrifying preview at the back of the next in the series, No One Will Hear You.

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