Philip Kerr's latest novel is quite a departure from his long-running series that features the Berlin detective Bernie Gunther. 'Prayer" is a stand-alone novel about an FBI agent in Houston, Texas who is trying to solve some mysterious murders.
Gil Martins is an agent working for the FBI's Domestic Terrorism Task Force. He's going through a spiritual crisis, his marriage is falling apart, and he's becoming romantically involved with someone who he is trying to protect from this mysterious killer (or killers).
The people who are dying have had one thing in common, they were all atheists. And Martins suspects that they are being murdered by members of a fundamentalist mega-church. But how are they doing it? That is the mystery and the horror of this captivating tale.