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Anita Dickason is a retired Dallas Police Officer. During—what she refers to as a phenomenal career—she served as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, advanced accident investigator, and SWAT entry/sniper. Her fictional works are paranormal, crime thrillers. Characters with unexpected skills—that extra edge for overcoming danger and adversity—have always intrigued her. Adding an infatuation with ancient myths and legends of Native American Indians, and Scottish and Irish folklore has created the backdrop for her characters. As for the plots, well—with twenty-seven years of law enforcement experience, she has an endless supply.
FBI Tracker Cat Morgan has an unusual talent, one she has successfully concealed, even from her fellow agents. That is—until she finds a body with a strange symbol carved on the forehead during a stop in Clinton, Mississippi and crosses paths with the town’s rugged police chief, Kevin Hunter.
Despite his instant attraction to the sexy agent, Kevin is suspicious of her presence at the crime scene and isn’t buying her dubious explanations. He wants her out of the investigation and out of his town. The discovery of another mutilated body with the same symbol sends Cat back to Clinton, and this time she isn’t leaving. To stop the killer, Cat must find a way to overcome Kevin’s distrust and will face an impossible impasse — truth or lies. But will either one matter, when the killer fixates on her for his next sacrifice?
A riveting high stake read which cleverly fuses a police procedural with the allure of paranormal fiction, Sentinels Of The Night proves an edgy and notable debut for Dickason with the promise of more to come. The days of rigidly defined genre categories seem long gone and her genre-blending release reminds us of the endless potential for original narratives when freely blending the elements of fantasy, mystery and horror. Giving us a fast and furious introduction to the life of FBI Tracker Cat Morgan and the elite task force she’s joined, there is rarely a dull moment amidst an intriguing plot which quickly picks up momentum and maintains it throughout. With her own very distinctive style, Dickason’s prose flow easily, but what ultimately distinguishes her debut is her ability to avoid cliché whilst providing us with compelling and engaging characters. This combined with her background in Law Enforcement brings an edgy sense of authenticity to her tale as events evolve in tightly focused scenes which can be readily internalised by her readers. With Kevin Hunter providing the obligatory romantic tension there is plenty here to applaud but first and foremost Dickason simply tells a superb story and on this level, it's sure to engender broad appeal.
Rightly raising high expectations of future releases from Dickason, Sentinels Of The Night is strongly recommended.