Former FBI Special Agent Jess Harris is settling down into
her new job as Deputy Chief of the Special Problems Unit in
her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Her romance with Police
Chief Dan Burnette is moving forward, if not yet out to his
family and the police community they both work with. Jess
is still dealing with some of the issues from her past life
as a Special Agent. Serial murderer Eric Spears is still at
large; and it is tormenting Jess that he is 'the one that
got away' just before she left the FBI. On her last case
with the Birmingham Police Department, a colleague accused
Jess of screwing up a big case. Now the police co-worker in
question, Ted Allen, has gone missing.
Jess has just received a new murder to contend with. As Jess
begins to investigate the case, the coroner shows Jess an
unusual tattoo of the number '5' with flowing lines around
it. After doing some research, Jess comes up with the
connection to a suicide from twelve years before. It seems
that Baker was part of the 'Birmingham Five', a group of
rich and upwardly mobile teens who had been involved with
the suicide after consistently bullying two young men. When
no evidence could be produced against them, the case was
closed. One of the youths committed suicide, and the other
disappeared. Now the second man is back in town and is
immediately a suspect in the death. When the second of the
'five' turns up dead from blunt force trauma, the hunt to
capture the suspect heats up before more can be murdered.
Problem is, Jess can't get the remaining members of the
'five' to tell her the truth about what actually happened
the night the young man committed suicide, much less help
with the current investigation.
Jess also has a number of personal issues to deal with.
She's having problems with both her own family and her
relationship with Dan Burnette; and is having difficulty
getting her own investigative team to work together as a
cohesive unit. She is also being blamed for the
disappearance of Ted Allen; and having problems with another
Deputy Chief. Just when Jess thinks things could not
possibly get any worse, her on-the-lam serial killer Eric
Spears ups his text mail torment of her into full-blown
stalking. Spears is now leaving special 'gifts' for her,
sometimes within the confines of her own apartment.
REVENGE is book 5 in Debra Webb's fascinating 'Faces of
Evil' series. While the immediate case to be solved in this
story is self-contained to this book, there are ongoing
cases and personal issues that spread across the series arc.
The story can be read standalone, however; and is a
riveting and intriguing murder investigation.
When her beloved high school teacher appears on her
doorstep, Deputy Chief Jess Harris is flooded with fond
memories–until the woman says she's about to be
charged with murder. Called to the scene of the crime, Jess
learns the victim of the bizarre and brutal slaying was a
member of Birmingham's famed "Five."
Twelve years ago, the Five were rich, popular high
school seniors who threw one wild last party. Two social
outcasts were invited to play in the "loser games." The
next morning, one player killed himself. Now Jess fears
that an invitation to an upcoming class reunion may have
forced the Five to play a new deadly game. As Jess fights
to keep her former teacher from suspicion–and her
relationship with Chief Dan Burnett separate from her work
life–she knows she is caught in a vicious cycle of
vengeance. And the killer is far from finished . . .