British author Nick Stone made a big splash with his award-winning debut novel, Mr. Clarinet, which was published to great acclaim in 2007. Now he's returned with a prequel, the equally fine King of Swords, which proves once again why he is one of the brightest new stars in the thriller genre.
Miami police officer Max Mingus and his partner are investigating what appears to be just another routine murder. But when a tarot card is discovered in the victim's stomach, it sends the case in a bizarre new direction that eventually leads to voodoo gangster Solomon Boukman, as bad a villain as you're likely to find.
Stone has a way with violence and darkness that few authors can match. King of Swords is not for the faint of heart -- it is a story filled with evil in many forms. But Stone is so gifted at creating intriguing characters and suspense that it's impossible to put down.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, January 4, 2009