Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Death After Midnight (The Jaared Sen Quartet Vol. 2) by Dean Fetzer

Published: February 2011
"Commander Jaared Sen is an extraordinary 167-year-old blind cop. Stel is an art and medieval historian assisting his criminal master in tracing the historical records to discover the hidden treasure and secret of the Priory of Sion. Emile is an antiques dealer unaware of what binds him to the much sought secret. In their pursuit of the treasure, Stel and his master find themselves followed by Jared. Unfortunately, the murder of the priest who held the treasure wiped out many clues. So, who is protecting the secret of the Priory of Sion? The hide and seek game takes them to Rennes-le-Château in the south of France. In the end, it might be difficult to distinguish among friends and enemies."
The story opens in 1917 with a murder of a priest, leaving hidden clues to his mysterious treasure. A century later, we find Commander Jaared Sen, a 167-year-old blind cop hired by The Company. Of course, it took me time to realize that he was the hero. Stel is a researcher and art dealer, who works for The Head, a criminal figure. Honestly, I didn't mind when Stel fell for the older than old Jaared. Then there's Emile, a dealer in antiques who suffers from a leg and will later discover about his unknown powers. The Company has assigned Jaared to pursue The Head who is after the Priory of Sion, a secret society. As an art historian, Stel is tracking through the pages of history to help The Head.
I loved the book; it could have been a little better though. There are three different stories going on, narrated from different perspectives, and gradually they merge together to form a full picture. Although I like books with switching narration, there were times when I had to reread passages to identify the narrator. Often the same scene was repeated by two narrators from their own perspective which made a little more interesting. The book is fast paced stuffed with secrets and conspiracies. The ending left with me with some unanswered questions which I hope would be revealed in the upcoming third book.
Actually I didn't realize it is the second book in the series and it is pretty weird that I haven't read the first book, Death in AmberHowever, given the choice, I would love to read its first and third book rather than receiving another review copy. I received an e-copy of this book from the Library Thing giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

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