The FBI and the supernatural are acquainted bedfellows in pop culture. For starters, there’s Fox and Mulder in “The X-Files.” Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child gave us Agent Pendergast. Now there’s the great addition of FBI agent Odessa Hardwicke and occult investigator John Silence in The Hollow Ones, the brand new novel from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.
Odessa is thrust into a bizarre thriller after she and her partner, Walt Leppo, chase down a random spree killer to a New Jersey home. But after killing the suspect in an exchange of gunfire, Leppo abruptly tries to kill the man’s 9-year-old child, and Odessa is forced to hearth on and kill Leppo. In a decidedly twisted turn, Odessa “sees” some thing she can’t explain leaving his body.
Remanded to desk duty while the Bureau investigates her shooting of Leppo, Odessa is, really conveniently, tasked with cleaning out the table of retired agent Earl Solomon, who's dying. Solomon urges Odessa to contact John Silence, a person he’s labored with before, to assist her in the case.
Silence—who's primarily based on certainly one of Lovecraft disciple Algernon Blackwood’s characters with the aid of the identical name—is an enigmatic and mysterious guy who apparently knows the whole thing approximately Odessa and the danger she is pursuing, which he refers to as a Hollow One, a body-hopping entity addicted to the joys of experiencing death.
The authors ferry us to and fro in time. Silence is masses of years vintage, thanks to an historical curse, and is liable for placing the Hollow One loose inside the world. It’s a bit complicated, but suffice it to say there’s a good bit of world constructing in the back of the peculiar goings-on, which all leads as much as a modern-day, high-stakes pursuit by way of Odessa and Silence to capture the entity before it is able to do extra harm.
Hogan and del Toro formerly collaborated on the Strain trilogy, a popular series grew to become short-lived TV show, and The Hollow Ones has TV collection written all over it. At the very least, it promises to be the primary in a new collection of literary adventures, and that’s a terrific thing, as Silence is a fascinating person you’ll need to see again.