My Review of Deeper Than The Dead by Tami Hoag
Loved it (singing musically). This was a police procedural hunt for a sadistic serial killer involving a handsome FBI agent (with a bullet in his head), a brave teacher who thinks of the children before herself, a quaint small town with secrets to hide, suspects sprinkled throughout, and a compelling story with twists and turns and other stories running alongside and through it.
Vince Leone is our dashing agent from the FBI’s Bureau of Behavioral Science. He travels to Oak Knoll, unofficially, to assist Sheriff’s Detective Tony Mendez, a graduate of the 11-week course sponsored by the FBI’s National Academy, in the hunt for a murderer who is getting more brazen with each kill, the most recent body being put on display in a lightly wooded area of a park where children frequent.
Found by four children whose lives change forever, the investigation takes off. Their teacher, Anne Navarre, always seems to be in the middle – when the body is found, when the police are questioning the children, when one of the children brings something to school that could only come from the crime scene. The situation throws her together with Agent Leone who is living his life like there is no tomorrow.
Leone and Mendez must fight forces outside and inside the police department as they unravel the back-story of the victim and those around her. I liked the detail of Hoag’s investigation and she used several different story lines and inserted several suspects, masterfully. It was well-written and I could not put the story down in the last twenty chapters.