The Mesmerist (Paperback)
He kills with his mind. Only an unbeliever can stop him. Tod Fisher is a simple cop with a complicated past. His brother Johnny had a strange gift that he was forced to hide-until the moment he ended his life. Haunted by that memory, Tod sees Johnnys everywhere. In the age of disco, New York City has become home to an underground culture of gifted individuals who can kill with a glance or heal with a touch. People called thinks. They're just like you and me. Some are good. Some aren't. A vicious madman is sucking the life out of his victims--crushing their hearts, withering their bodies, and leaving their corpses old before their time. All with the power of his mind. Can Tod and his new buddy-a federal agent with a taste for the supernatural-run the killer to ground before they face the unthinkable? The Mesmerist is the first in a spellbinding series of thrillers featuring psychic phenomena, page-turning suspense, and heart-pounding action. If you're a fan of occult detectives, paranormal answers to life's burning questions, noir-fantasy mashups, and diabolical twists and turns, you owe it to yourself to check out The Mesmerist. Don't even think about it. Get it today. Praise "Excellent urban fantasy. D'Agnese manages to create a fantasy world of 'thinks'-people with special abilities, most of whom are hidden to the rest of the world." -Robert Swartwood, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Serial Killer's Wife "Flat-out fun...a book that artfully blends ambition and enjoyment, one well-written that remains entertaining throughout. The Mesmerist casts an intriguing spell." -Loren Eaton, I Saw Lightning Fall "The Mesmerist is the quintessential page-turner." -Thomas Briggs, Killer Book Covers
Joseph D'Agnese is a journalist and author who has written for children and adults alike. He's been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Discover, and other publications. His work has twice appeared in the anthology Best American Science Writing. His children's book, Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci, was an honoree for the Mathical Book Prize-the first-ever prize for math-themed children's books. D'Agnese's crime fiction has appeared in Shotgun Honey, Plots with Guns, Beat to a Pulp, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. D'Agnese is a 2015 winner of the Derringer Award for short mystery fiction. One of his short stories was selected by author James Patterson for inclusion in the prestigious annual anthology, Best American Mystery Stories 2015. D'Agnese lives in North Carolina with his wife, the author Denise Kiernan (The Girls of Atomic City).