By Tami Hoag
“Without a doubt . . . the most severe suspense writers around.”—Chicago Tribune
“[Tami Hoag] demonstrates simply why she has develop into one of many most well-liked names within the suspense video game. final analysis: Leaves festival within the dust.”—People
He plays his profane rite in a wooded Minneapolis park, anointing his sufferers, then surroundings the our bodies ablaze. He has already claimed 3 lives, and he won’t cease there. merely this time there's a witness. yet she isn’t talking.
input Kate Conlan, former FBI agent became victim/witness suggest. no longer even she will be able to inform if the reluctant witness is a possible sufferer or anything extra troubling nonetheless. Her superiors have an interest basically as the most up-to-date sufferer could be the daughter of Peter Bondurant, an enigmatic billionaire. whilst Peter pulls strings, designated Agent John Quinn will get assigned to the case. however the FBI’s ace profiler of serial killers is the final individual Kate desires to paintings with, now not with their afflicted historical past. Now she faces the main tough function of her career—and her lifestyles. For she’s the single lady who has what it takes to prevent the killer . . . and the single girl he desires next.
“You’ll are looking to lock the doorways whereas you’re reading.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“An up-all-night read.”—The Detroit News
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Vanlees nodded, the fellow within the understand. “Political BS—but i do not have to let you know, correct? ” “You obtained that correct. Who is aware what percentage power nice police officers like your self are operating different jobs. it is a disgrace. ” “I can have performed the task. ” Years-old bitterness coloured his tone like an outdated stain that would not fairly wash out. “So, do you know this Bondurant lady, Gil? ” “Oh, certain, I observed her round. She by no means had a lot to assert. Unfriendly style. She's useless, huh? they would not say it needless to say at the information, yet it is her, correct? ” “We've acquired a few questions unanswered. ” “I heard there has been a witness. To what—that's what i wonder. I suggest, did they see him kill her or what? That'd be whatever, huh? lousy. ” “I cannot relatively get into it, you recognize? ” Liska acknowledged, apologetic. “I'd like to—you being in a comparable box and all—but you know the way it truly is. ” Vanlees nodded with fake knowledge. “You observed her Friday? ” Moss requested. “Jillian Bondurant? ” “Yeah. approximately 3. i used to be the following engaged on my rubbish disposal. The spouse attempted to run celery via it. What a large number. Little omit university Graduate. you would imagine she'd have extra brains than to do this. ” “Jillian Bondurant . . . ” Moss caused. He narrowed his mismatched eyes back. “I used to be searching the kitchen window. observed her force out. ” “Alone? ” “Yep. ” “And that used to be the final time you observed her? ” “Yeah. ” He grew to become again to Liska. “That nutcase burned her up, did not he? The Cremator. Jeez, that is sick,” he acknowledged, notwithstanding morbid fascination sparked brilliant in his expression. “What's this city coming to? ” “Your wager is pretty much as good as mine. ” “I imagine it is the millennium. that is what I think,” he ventured. “World's simply gonna get crazier and crazier. The thousand years is over and all that. ” “Millennium,” Moss muttered, squinting down at a terra-cotta pot of lifeless chrysanthemums at the deck of Jillian Bondurant's small entrance porch. “Could be,” Liska acknowledged. “God aid us all, eh? ” “God support us,” Moss echoed paradoxically. “Too overdue for omit Bondurant,” Vanlees acknowledged soberly, turning the foremost within the brass lock. “You desire any aid right here, Detective? ” “No, thank you, Gil. laws and all . . . ” Liska grew to become to stand him, blockading his front to the home. “Did you ever see omit Bondurant with someone particularly? acquaintances? A boyfriend? ” “I observed her dad right here each every so often. He truly owns the unit. No boyfriend. A female friend each occasionally. a chum, I suggest. no longer girlfriend—at least i don't believe so. ” “One specific lady? you recognize her identify? ” “No. She wasn't too pleasant both. Had an average glance to her. just like a biker chick, yet now not. besides, I by no means had something to do along with her. She—Miss Bondurant—was often by myself, by no means acknowledged a lot. She did not rather slot in right here. no longer too some of the citizens are scholars, after which she dressed form of unusual. military boots and black outfits and all. ” “Did she ever look out of it to you? ” “Like on medicinal drugs, you suggest? No. was once she into medicinal drugs? ” “I'm simply overlaying my bases, you recognize, otherwise my lieutenant . . . ” She permit the recommendation grasp, the impact being that Vanlees may well empathize, buddy that he used to be.