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The second volume in Santolfer's Nate Rodriguez series (Anatomy of Fear) has the police sketch artist investigating a series of violent and seemingly unrelated murder-suicides. Rodriguez is now part of his girlfriend's task force, putting a strain on the new couple made worse after the FBI shuts the police case down. Suspicious of the FBI's involvement and convinced that the crimes are connected, Rodriguez investigates on his own and learns more than he ever wanted to know about posttraumatic stress disorder, Gulf War syndrome, and government defense experiments. As with Anatomy of Fear, the strongest parts of the book feature Rodriguez working with victims and witnesses in creating his sketches, which serve as illustrations throughout the book. Santlofer also does an excellent job of switching perspectives, giving readers brief insights into the victims. The inclusion of a second, unrelated case (first mentioned in the previous novel) feels forced; this narrative should have been better developed or omitted altogether. Perhaps as a result, the resolution of the central murder-suicide narrative feels neglected and rushed. Still, the charm of Rodriguez makes this book a pleasant read. Recommended for larger mystery collections.