"Full of breathless blood and guts action, hairpin twists and turns, Miller’s cocktail of murder and dirty business is both potent and compelling." -- Publishers Weekly
"It begins sedately enough --- at least for a page or two --- with Massey partaking in a hunting trip in the Mississippi delta country just below Memphis. His sojourn is interrupted by Sheriff Brad Barnett, an old friend of Massey’s who brings terrible news. A 19-year-old babysitter has been killed by a high-velocity shot in what appears to be an unfortunate but otherwise innocent hunting accident.
"There are two things, however, that bring Massey into the investigation. The first is the presence of one of Massey’s business cards in the area from which the shot was apparently fired. The second is of profound significance to him: a solitary red toothpick, soaked in oil of cloves, which is also found nearby. The toothpick is the calling card of Paulus Styer, a nightmarish assassin who is more than Massey’s equal and who, at the last meeting of the two men, almost ended Massey’s life. Styer is a master of murder and of disguises, and his presence, even as it puts Massey on guard, makes him wonder Why here? And why now?
"The answer is tied to a powerful gambling conglomerate with tentacles that reach from the statehouse of Mississippi all the way into the halls of the Federal government. A major gaming resort is planned for the Tunica County area, and the only thing standing in the way is the reticence of a sole landowner. Given that literally billions of dollars are riding on the successful completion of the project, the land must be obtained either conventionally or otherwise.
"Miller lobs plot-point hand grenades into SMOKE & MIRRORS from start to finish, bringing surprise after surprise to the page just when the reader thinks it’s safe to draw a breath. And no sooner is it over than the beginning of Miller’s next novel, a stand-alone work titled THE LAST DAY, is previewed in the back. It simply doesn’t get any better than this." -- Joseph Hartlaub