Devil's Advocate by Jonathan Maberry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pairing beautifully with Kami Garcia's Fox Mulder origin story Agent of Chaos, Jonathan Maberry whips up another masterful horror-mystery in Devil's Advocate, wherein he focuses on teenage Dana Scully. Raised Catholic - or, at least, in Catholic school - Scully finds herself troubled by horrifying visions of devilish murders, and in order to get to the bottom of a rash of deaths at her new school, she needs to delve into some Eastern mysticism (as well as martial-arts training) to really solve the mystery in ways that her original faith can't properly explain. Less conspiratorial than its companion novel, Devil's Advocate makes up for it by being even more of a detective story, with Scully engaging the services of her schoolmates and her sister to help her out, even though all of them are amateur detectives at best. Both stories could easily have made wonderful flashback episodes for the original series, and hell, at this point, I really wish Fox would, before attempting to make an eleventh-season miniseries event, give us at least a couple of one-offs based on these books, if only to entertain those of us who've read and enjoyed these books.
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