John Patterson thinks he damn well earned his pension. He survived more than twenty years as a police forensic wizard, tracking down and fighting the worst that criminal magic could throw at him. If he could only retire the nightmares, as well.
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Northwest England in the year 2007 and the future looks bleak.Jack and Caroline Smith are an ordinary couple, with a new house and a young son, and like many ordinary couples are struggling with debt, redundancy and the imminent loss of their home.Is it time for a modern fairy tale?Jack comes home one day with lots of money and a pair of old…
Some of those nightmares feature Albert Kratz, alias Albertus Magnus, a psychopathic criminal mage Patterson trapped in a burning building years ago. So why is a dead man leaving his unique magical signature on the grisly "artistic" murder of a diplomatic courier?
Detective Sergeant Nef Cash recognizes that crime scene from old file photos and drags Patterson out of retirement to fight a deadly enemy one more time. Cash has her own motives besides police work, and her move will turn his personal life inside out.