Title: Agent Bayne (PsyCop #9)
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Page Count: 279
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Victor Bayne is through with the Chicago PD. Can he handle the FPMP?
After years of frustration as a PsyCop, Victor Bayne reports for duty at the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. As a fledgling agent, he’s ready to smoke out a few ghosts and be home each night in time for dinner. But is he prepared to add a professional dimension to his romantic partnership with Jacob Marks?
Jacob has already established his territory in the Program—he’s competent, he’s respected, and he’s pretty much fearless. The last thing Vic wants to do is screw up in front of him.
When fellow agents start turning up dead, Vic is expected to do more than just lay their ghosts to rest. But what if his psychic talent isn’t quite enough? As the death toll rises, he and Jacob scramble to determine who’s in danger, and who’s a killer.
Using all the resources at their disposal, they close in on their suspect. But as they do, their past comes back to haunt them…and even Jacob worries they’ve tampered with forces they should have left alone. Are their combined talents enough to protect them from enemies both living and dead?
This cannot be read as a standalone. If you haven’t read the PsyCop series yet, start with Among the Living, you won’t be disappointed.
I will confess, I wish I had had time to go back and re-read Spook Squad (#7), which I realized was published in 2013. I admit to struggling a bit trying to remember who was who and what exactly happened in the last book to bring events to fruition for Vic. I was able to puzzle out most references, but a re-read would have been helpful.
Right off the bat, I will say I miss Lisa. Can’t forget her no matter the years. Flip side of Lisa’s departure is we are introduced to Darla. “Dead Darla” and Vic have a history dating back to Camp Hell and old resentments are hard to set aside. While I was cool toward this new character to start, she grew on me as her and Vic worked through their animosity.
Mystery…yes there is one, two if we count Vic’s missing memories. I figured out the ‘who’s doing it’ almost immediately, but the way Ms. Price writes it’s a delight just letting things spool out. And Vic’s confrontation with the antagonist was just awesome.
Vic does a lot of growing-up mentally in this latest installment thanks in part to Darla, and thanks in part to his new position at FPMP. Questions beget more questions and Vic, for once, starts to look hard at the answers.
Jacob is stoic and supportive as he has been all along, but bringing home a co-worker’s cats while she was in hiding was just so sweet. Jacob continues to have Vic’s back and those quiet moments – okay, maybe not so quiet moments with the blender going – between Vic and Jacob totally bring the book together.
If you’ve been following the PsyCop series, you’ll enjoy this one. All the humor, sweetness, angst, mystery and paranormal activity are back. Crash and Red make an appearance (yay!), we’re introduced to some new and interesting characters, and the stage is set for the next installment (YAY!).