Saturday, November 3, 2007

Murder, Mayhem and Satanism

In the afterward to her novel, The Mephisto Club, author Tess Gerritsen tells us that the basis of this murder mystery came from her finding and reading, many years ago, The Book of Enoch, “an ancient text, dating back to perhaps two centuries before the birth of Christ.” This book’s “long-lost” text contained the story of The Watchers, fallen ages who an “unholy race produced that would forever plague mankind. . .”

From that beginning this novel grew and it is a very dark story indeed. Very graphically horrible murders and indications of Satanism at work. I found it a little confusing at first but once the various plot lines came together it was quite a good read, albeit a little anticlimactic at the end.

And now crossing the pond, I will start What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George, a new author to me. I’ll just have to see why “Scotland Yard [is] shocked and searching for answers.”

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