A darkly compelling serial-killer novel introducing the next big name in psychological thrillers and, in Carson Ryder, a fascinating and complex protagonist set for many books to come.
A body is found in the sweating heat of an Alabama night; headless, words inked on the skin. Detective Carson Ryder is good at this sort of thing - crazies and freaks. To his eyes, it is no crime of passion, and when another mutilated victim turns up, his suspicions are confirmed. This is not the work of a 'normal' murderer, but that of a serial killer, a psychopath.
Famous for solving a series of crimes the year before, Carson Ryder has experience with psychopaths. But he had help with that case - strange help, from a past Ryder is trying to forget.
Now he needs it again . . .
When the truth finally begins to dawn, it shines on an evil so twisted, so dangerous, it could destroy everything that he cares about . . .