In a volatile society ruled and divided by its citizens' zodiac signs, a serial killer is on the loose: is it a misguided revolution or something more sinister?
A starting new thriller with one of the most original concepts in years, where the line between a life of luxury and an existence of poverty can be determined by the stroke of midnight.
In San Celeste, a series of uniquely brutal murders targets victims from totally different walks of life. In a society divided according to Zodiac signs, those differences are cast at birth and binding for life.All eyes are on detective Jerome Burton and astrological profiler Lindi Childsdivided in their beliefs over whether the answer is written in the stars, but united in their conviction that there is an ingenious serial killer executing a grand plan.
Together, they will unravel a dark tale of betrayal, lost love, broken promises and a devastating truth with the power to tear their world apart . .
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The author has created a world that plagues society, much like what we experience here and now ... except people are judged not by their color, race, religion, nor even gender.... but by their birth signs, date and time of birth. The 12 zodiac signs are representative of different neighborhoods, different schools, different job markets. Capricorns are the elite. Aries are at the bottom of the pack. This is where you will find the thugs, criminal elements. They are profiled, strip searched, and made to produce their identity documents. Babies are induced early so as to choose what sign they will be under. Parents must try to have their children born under their astrological sign or it can cause major difficulties. One could be forced to move or to give up a job or social standing because their child is born under the wrong sign... With adoptions, for example, parents are heard to say ... " We're going to raise him/her in a Gemini household but will make sure he/she (Libra baby) will get lots of exposure to other Libras. Detective Jerome Butler has his hands full. A maid discovers her boss dead in his back yard. He was the Chief of Police. The maid has disappeared. Daniel Layton has just discovered he has a 17-year-old daughter. When he tries to track her down, he finds she has also disappeared and cannot be found. And more bodies will fall ..... When crime soars in this alternative world, psychics and regular profilers are not called in to help. Instead they get Lindi Childs, an astrological profiler. She does readings on suspects and victims alike. But who is the killer and why is he killing? What these characters find are extremely disturbing. This amazing debut novel is the most original crime thriller I have read in quite some time. I gave it 5 stars for being well-written so seamlessly and for originality. I can't wait to see what this author will come up with next. Many thanks to the author / Pegasus Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of ZODIAC. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.