Synopsis: Serial killers come in all shapes and sizes, but this one is particularly puzzeling. A maverick FBI man and his female agent assigned to keep him in line are given the eeriest unsloved cases that must be handles quickly and secretly, before the general public finds out what's going on.
Review: There is no pattern to the mutilated bodies that have been showing up in Albuquerque: both sexes, all races, ages, ethnic groups. And there is no pattern to the murders in Phoenix. Only one thing connects the victims - the natural disaster that killed them - one of themost unnatural natural disaster imaginable, leadin gto a most painful, most certain and most hideous death.
At the foot of the Sandia mountains beside the freeway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe near the riverbed of the Rio Grande, there was a 17 year-old boy, throwing stones in the river. It is a nice summer's evening and his sister has just joined him. Suddenly, he hears a hissing just across the river and asks his sister if snakes came out during the night. His sister says no. So what was on the other riverbank? The hissing changes into whispering; the boy sends his sister back to their trailer and gets a stick to defend himself. But he can't see anything out there....the last thing his sister hears is his cry....and this is just the 2nd victim.
Scully is waiting for Mulder inhis office in the J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington, DC. She shows him a few pictures of mutilates animals, Mulder just moves his hand toward his stomach whenhe sees the pictures. Then Scully shows him some other pictures - the pictures of the two humans. Mulder askes where the pictures were taken. Scully says "Phoenix and New Mexico." And off they go, to solve a new X-file.
I really like this book. It is classic X-files. Mulder has one of his weird theories and Scully has one of her own as well. It has a really nice take on the Indians, about their traditions, and in this case, why they don't want to have anything to do with anyone outside the reservation. The writer is really getting into the details, and there is truth to this book, as always. There is not really anything about the book that I don't like. It is a good story and an excellent X-file, if I may say so.