Lysette had seen it all. As a child, she had witnessed her parents gruesome murder, and as an adult, she had seen men leering at her as she worked the strip clubs. But that night in the subway, the night she shot the mugger, she saw something else. She saw the mugger, dying and bleeding, at her feet. And she saw her mission in life. That night the Nightwatcher was born. That night, the terror began.
this was a good thriller and a really good book.
The second novel in the "Eyes" series by Barry Hoffman is EYES OF PREY. This novel is to HUNGRY EYES what SALEM'S LOT was to CARRIE. It's longer, more detailed, delves deeper into what makes the characters tick, has a number of returning characters from the first novel, and touches somewhat on the supernatural. This time around the story deals with Lysette Ormandy (a.k.a. Cassandra Knight) who was almost beaten to death as a child, while she watched her family being murdered. Now, Lysette's a stripper in Philadelphia and performs under the persona of her assumed name. One night while riding home on the subway, she watches as a mugger pistol-whips an old man for his wallet. Remembering how her family was killed, she recklessly intervenes to help the victim, snatching the gun away from the surprised mugger and then shooting him in the head when he tries to knife her. Believing that the police will arrest Lysette for homicide, the old man tells her to run. It isn't long, however, before Lysette is considered to be a hero by the good citizens of Philadelphia. The police, led by Lamar Briggs and assisted by Deidre Caffrey, want her to voluntarily come in, but something changed within Lysette the night she killed the mugger. She's tired of being a victim and wants to be able to walk the streets at night without fear of being attacked. This leads her to doing what Charles Bronson did in the movie Death Wish--she begins patrolling the streets and playgrounds, killing only when attacked by the night predators. She's soon nicknamed the Nightwatcher, a protector of the people...a woman who isn't going to be intimidated by the muggers and rapists. Soon, the people of the city are rallying against crime and are attempting to take back the streets for their families and children. The police aren't happy with this. They're afraid innocent bystanders are going to be killed before it's over. An all out effort is made to track down the Nightwatcher, but someone else is also looking for her. Feeling connected to this new vigilante in some mysterious way, Shara Farris has returned to the city of brotherly love, instinctively understanding that she's the only one who can find her. EYES OF PREYS takes this remarkable series to a new level of intensity and excitement. Mr. Hoffman delivers in full force, offering us a slightly different take on the usual "vigilante" format, mixed with subtle supernatural overtones. He gives us a darker, more complex lead character in the form of Lysette Ormandy, while at the same time, fleshing out the returning characters of Deidre Caffrey and Lamar Briggs in much greater detail. There's even a secret organization called "The Fist" that's made up of several extremely rich and powerful men, who seek to control the status quo by manipulating events to their own satisfaction, resorting to murder and assassination when necessary. If that isn't enough, there's also an unusual area of woodland near the beach that Lysette likes to frequent in order to relax and calm down from the stress of her rather unusual activities. It's a small forest where strange things seem to happen to those who walk through it. In EYES OF PREY, Barry Hoffman has weaved a delicious morality tale of revenge and redemption, mixed with edge-of-your-seat suspense that keeps the reader turning the pages at a frantic pace, hurrying to find out what happens next, not to mention an array of strong female characters who aren't afraid to take the matter of justice into their own capable hands. I'm anxious to read JUDAS EYES and discover in what the direction the series is now headed. I sincerely hope Mr. Hoffman will further explorer "The Fist" in his future novels. Not only is this is an organization that I want to learn more about, but because of the way it's described, I can't help but wonder if there's an element of truth behind this deadly entity. Anyway, if you want some good bedtime reading, picked up a copy of EYES OF PREY, then check out Mr. Hoffman's other novels, HUNGRY EYES and BORN BAD.