The latest from best-selling author Greg Iles (Mortal Fear, The Quiet Game, Turning Angel) is a character-driven thriller entitled True Evil. Putting a unique twist on the otherwise tired theme of FBI agent chasing a clever killer, Iles prose and depth of character creates a level of suspense that draws you in from the first sentence.
The book opens up with Alexandra Morse, an FBI agent who specialized in hostage negotiation, in a rush to get to the hospital in Jackson, Mississippi to see her sister Grace, who has suffered a massive stroke. This is but one of many tragedies that has befallen the damaged FBI agent: the shooting death of her father, her mother suffering from ovarian cancer, and the mistake on the job that cost a fellow agent his life and scarred her face permanently. Alex makes it to the hospital in time to hear sisterís claim that her husband murdered her. A few moments later, Grace dies.
The physically and emotionally scarred Morse is devastated and confused Ė was the accusation the ramblings of a woman on her death bed? Could she entertain the thought that her brother-in-law actually murdered her sister? On shaky ground with the Bureau, Alexandra Morse chooses to investigate this case on her own. She soon discovers a strange conspiracy connecting a shady lawyer with a demented but cunning doctor. Her only recourse is to convince the next victim, Dr. Chris Shepard, that he is indeed the next victim in this whole sordid affair.
The story then goes against the conventions of the genre by keeping the amount of total non-stop action to a minimum while going deep into the psychology of each scene. As always, Dick Hillís performance is absolutely stunning. He brings all the charactersí fear, pain, confusion, and every other emotion to life through his brilliant work. As a whole, True Evil moves at a solid pace, but itís never dull despite having less focus on over-the-top action. A true gem of an audio book those who enjoy mystery/thrillers that focusing on character.