You have a prime-time date with a brutal murderer … right in your own living room.
Lucas Frank knows the cost of hunting human monsters. That’s why he left Boston for the peace of the Michigan woods. But a tantalizing case has lured the forensic psychiatrist back to work — and straight into the path of a cold-bloodedkiller.
Felix Zrbny was just a teenager when he went on a murder spree that left three women dead. Now, after spending fifteen years locked away, Felix has escaped — and he is determined to finish what he started all those years ago.
Lucas races to untangle the mysteries of Felix’s mind as the ratings-hungry press steps in to make Felix its own macabre media darling. They track his every move and broadcast his bloody reign of terror for the whole world to see. And all the while, behind the scenes, someone is orchestrating the moment when the killer and the hunter will at last come face-to-face.
They say everyone gets their fifteen minutes of fame. For Felix Zrbny, it’s fifteen minutes of infamy. The clock is ticking — and he’s going to make sure that every minute counts.
A serial killer wears many faces, but none more terrifying than this one…
Every serial killer fits a profile, follows a pattern, makes a mistake. Until now…
Six years ago forensic psychiatrist Lucas Frank “retired” from hunting serial killers. But someone wants him back in the worst way. It begins with a brutal triple homicide in the picturesque Maine town of Ragged Harbor. And it won’t stop there. Suddenly Lucas is forced to do what he swore he would never do again: enter the twisted mind of a killer who enjoys murder. Only this time Lucas must hunt a psychopath whose pattern of behavior defies all logic. A killer who can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime. The FBI is helpless. And even he is baffled at the contradictory clues and taunting hints left behind. Lucas Frank has met his match. That’s why he was called out of retirement. But does someone want him to catch a killer–or be the ultimate trophy?
A sequel to “The Prettiest Feathers”, this novel continues the story of forensic scientist Dr. Lucas Frank and his NYPD detective daughter, Lane. The serial killer they thought was dead is back, and he’s on a chilling spree that begins with the murder of his own sister in Florida, and continues throughout the country. He won’t stop until he arrives at the FBI Behavioral Studies Unit, where he plans to teach them a lesson in criminal behavior that they’ll never forget.
Sarah Sinclair was the perfect victim–she wanted to die.
When a darkly enigmatic man approaches her in the small antiquarian book store where she works, Sarah is drawn into a slow dance toward death. A death she couldn’t stop even if she wanted to. She is stalked, yet blindly charmed. And when he kills her, seductively, silently, she smiles.
Sarah’s ex-husband, police officer Robert Sinclair, is the first to find her body and he calls it in to the one officer who will understand: his ex-mistress Detective Lane Frank. As Lane struggles to follow the increasingly elusive trail of clues, another macabre trail emerges–of bodies, coldly, tauntingly abandoned.
As the FBI becomes involved, Lane must fight to retain her hold on the case and her grip on Robert Sinclair, whose grief sinks him further into an alcoholic haze of despair and desperation. As a calculating last resort, Lane calls on the one man who can help her stop the killing, a forensic psychiatrist who had stepped too close to the edge, crawled too deeply into the mind of evil. She calls a profiler who has dropped out of society, living simply in a cabin in the woods far away from the madness that called to him, threatened him. Lane calls her father.
As they work together, Lane and her father slowly craft an image of a killer so brilliant he has murdered perhaps hundreds and never been caught, so cold that he cannot relinquish his power. With a tortuous trail of names and faces, the killer has insulated himself from those who would repress him and his need to kill, a need rooted in a disturbing, horrifying childhood.
And as Lane and her father grow closer to finding the killer, the game becomes personal between two men on opposing sides of evil, men on the edge of an abyss of madness, from which there is only one escape–death.