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 becomespersonal 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.
"From the Paperback edition.
One of the first independent criminal profilers, John Philpin is an internationally recognized expert on violent behavior and criminal investigation. Philpin is a frequent consultant to law enforcement and the media. He has been a guest commentator on Court TV, 20/20 Downtown, Unsolved Mysteries, America's Most Wanted, Inside Edition, Chronicle, The Geoff Metcalf Show, The Jim Bohannon Show, Northwest Afternoon, and CBC's As It Happens. A retired psychologist, he has authored and co-written seven books and numerous articles, and the featured character in an eighth, drawing on his experience. Patricia Sierra is an award and competition-winning writer whose poetry and stories have appeared in a variety of literary magazines. Her first publication was at age 17, when a national magazine purchased her short story. She is the author of an array of books for both young adult and adult readers, including One-Way Romance, A Boy I Never Knew, Echoes in the Grove, The Prettiest Feathers, and Tunnel of Night. Other titles include ghost-written books and independently published works. In addition to writing, Sierra had a brief moonlighting career as a private investigator. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was a radio personality and hostess of a daily television show. She and her family live in Ohio.