Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark- Tilly Babshawe

Sidney Sheldon's Angel of the Dark

Tilly Babshawe

Morrow, Apr 3 2012, $26.99

ISBN: 9780062073419

In Beverly Hills, the police respond to a domestic violence call. They enter the Jakes mansion to find the elderly art dealer Andrew Jakes dead from knife wounds and his head nearly decapitated. Tied to the body of the deceased is his much younger wife Angela, who was battered and brutally raped. Detective Danny McGuire investigates the homicide while falling in love with Angela. As the case turns cold, Angela vanishes shortly after leaving the hospital and the estate eventually goes to children’s charities.

Danny leaves LAPD to join Interpol. Ten years since the Jakes murder, he lives in France with his wife. Jakes’ son Matt Daley visits Danny with evidence that three other homicides contain the identical M.O. as that of his late father to include the raped bound to her dead spouse younger wife vanishing and the money going to charity. Stunned Danny and Matt make inquiries, but soon learn of another similar murder in Hong Kong. They race there to meet the widow Lisa Baring before she disappears. While Matt falls for the widow just like Danny did with Angela, a clue sends the cop to Mumbai hoping to prevent the next homicide by an internationally diabolical serial killer.

The latest Tilly Babshawe homage to Sidney Sheldon (see Sidney Sheldon’s After the Darkness and Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game) is by far the best of her entries. The fast-paced storyline combines glamour and desire with wrenching crime scenes in a fast-paced global twisting cat and mouse thriller.

Harriet Klausner

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