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THE DARKNESS OF MENS SOULS
on 21 November 2012
Elvis Cole is suffering from a crisis of conscience due to the fact that he provided evidence that lead to the release of a murder suspect, Lionel Byrd who may in fact have been a serial killer. Now Byrd is dead, presumably by his own hand, and evidence found at his apartment overwhelmingly points his guilt in multiple murders.
Was Elvis Cole really responsible for freeing a serial killer who has killed again? The family of the latest victim seems to think so, as do the cops, and Elvis is feeling more than a little doubt coupled with a twinge of guilt. He decides it's time to re-examine the evidence from the original case. His quest turns out to be more than a little difficult since much of the evidence seems to be missing and the chief witness is dead.
Once again, author Robert Crais has constructed a mystery that is far superior to most in this genre with unexpected twists and turns before unveiling the killer. The only complaint I have is that although the story leading up to the identity of the guilty party is one that keeps the reader involved and guessing the reason for the killer's actions is never really revealed. Why were these women chosen, what was the killer's motivation? Maybe I am one of those readers who must know all the whys and wherefores in order for my mind to accept that "justice has been served".
Perhaps it was Crais intent to leave the explanation of what drives the darkness in the souls of certain individuals for the reader to determine. In the last paragraph, his protagonist tells us "The darkness frightens me, but what it does to us frightens me even more. Maybe that is why I do what I do. I chase the darkness to make room for the light." I suppose that in our own way each of us is on a personal quest to do away with the bad things that often happen to us as we seek that elusive light that makes life worth living.