Name of the Devil: A Jessica Blackwood Novel

Name of the Devil: A Jessica Blackwood Novel

by Andrew Mayne


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In this electrifying sequel to the crowd-pleasing thriller Angel Killer, magician-turned-FBI agent Jessica Blackwood must once again draw on her past to go up against a brutal murderer desperate for revenge at any price.

After playing a pivotal role in the capture of the Warlock, a seemingly supernatural serial killer—and saving the FBI’s reputation in the process—agent Jessica Blackwood can no longer ignore the world she left behind. Formerly a prodigy in a family dynasty of illusionists, her talent and experience endow her with a unique understanding of the power and potential of deception, as well as a knack for knowing when things are not always as they appear to be.

When a church congregation vanishes under mysterious circumstances in rural Appalachia, the bizarre trail of carnage indicates the Devil’s hand at work. But Satan can’t be the suspect, so FBI consultant Dr. Ailes and Jessica’s boss on the Warlock case, Agent Knoll, turn to the ace up their sleeve: Jessica. She’s convinced that an old cassette tape holds the key to the mystery, and unraveling the recorded events reveals a troubling act with far-reaching implications.  The evil at work is human, and Jessica must follow the trail from West Virginia to Mexico, Miami, and even the hallowed halls of the Vatican.

Can she stop a cold-blooded killer obsessed by a mortal sin—or will she become the next target in a twisted, diabolical game of hunter and prey…?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062348890
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Series: Jessica Blackwood Series , #2
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 394,248
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Andrew Mayne started his first illusion tour while he was a teenager and was soon headlining in resorts and casinos around the world. He’s worked behind the scenes creatively for David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and David Blaine. With the support of talk show host and amateur magician Johnny Carson, Andrew started a program to use magic to teach critical thinking skills in public schools for the James Randi Educational Foundation. Andrew’s “Wizard School” segments, teaching magic and science to children, aired nationwide on public television. He also starred in the reality show Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne.

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Name of the Devil: A Jessica Blackwood Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mayne knocks another mystery out of the ballpark. His main character Jessica Blackstone who left her famous family of magicans to join the FBI, keeps you on your toes trying to follow her most unusual way of attacking crime using very unorthodox solutions. This is the second book of the series (and the first book I've ever pre-ordered) and is just as fantastic a read as the first. These books are not typical formula plots. The story begins with an unexplainable church explosion and takes you through the genius thought process of a very modest agent who only wants answers to every question that arises. Finding these answers take her from our country to across the world, and as the mystery grows so do the characters, encompassing everyone from gangs to orphans to exorcism to drug cartels and even the vatican. Jessica wants to see the big picture even if her bosses are happy with a simple resolution. A fascinating read from a new author with a great writing career ahead of him. Write faster Mr. Mayne, you definitely have one more fan just waiting for your next book to be released. Jp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andrew Mayne has done it again! A mystery that leads from a small church in a backwater town that mysteriously explodes and takes you across the world
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great idea for a different twist on suspensr
Twink More than 1 year ago
FBI Agent Jessica Blackwood returns in Andrew Mayne's new novel - Name of the Devil. Blackwood is a unique character - she's a magician turned cop. Mayne's own background as a magician and a family in law enforcement add much to his books. A new nemesis awaits Jessica this time out. A massacre in a small town church seems to point to spontaneous human combustion, exorcism, madness - and the devil. The residents in town are frightened and local enforcement baffled, so the Bureau is called in. And so is Jessica - to consult. For she sees with a different set of eyes and a different logic. I really enjoy the trickery, the sleight of hand, if you will, that Mayne uses in his plots. I like the behind the scenes, alternate explanations and illusions that Jessica exposes. Jessica is a likable character. This time around, we get to know a bit more of her background with flashbacks from her childhood. Her magician grandfather is someone who fascinates me - there's much more to the man than simple magic tricks. Another recurring character is Damien, the extremely dangerous, seemingly all seeing man who seems to have his eye on Jessica - watching for her safety and providing her clues in an oblique fashion. Mayne's plot is intricate, involved and far-reaching in Name of the Devil. Some of it is a wee bit over the top and asks the reader to suspend disbelief. And you should - it fuels an already action-filled read. Mayne has conjured up another great cat and mouse game with a unique protagonist - perfect for summer escapist reading. I loved the ending and will be watching for number three.