Mysterious Book Report A Killer's EssenceA Killer’s Essence by Dave Zeltserman

Overlook, $23.95, 240 pages, ISBN 978-1-59020-321-7

This week’s MBR is a noir-police-procedural-serial-killer-mystery with a supernatural twist.  (And no, I haven’t been duct-taped to a chair in a windowless room listening to Weird Al Yankovitch all week.)  All joking aside, it’s a nifty piece of writing by an up- and-comer named Dave Zeltserman.  The novel is A Killer’s Essence. (Overlook, $23.95, 240 pages, ISBN 978-1-59020-321-7) by Dave Zeltserman.  If you’ve read and enjoyed the work of writers like Dean Koontz and Peter Straub, where the line between reality and psychosis and the supernatural is blurred or nonexistent, you’ll really like Zeltserman.

In A Killer’s Essence Stan Green, a tired-of-it-all New York City detective, catches the murder case of a woman who’s gunned down in broad daylight.  When Green finally locates a witness, he turns out to be a recluse, hiding in his apartment because seeing crowds of people terrifies him.  Injured in a robbery attempt, he has brain damage, which causes him to see demonic hallucinations.  His sanity is questionable as the murders continue and the bodies mount up, and the reader is forced to decide one way or the other, what is real . . . and what is not.  A nifty whodunit, enjoyable and entertaining, with a unique supernatural edge to it.


John Dwaine McKenna