When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child
psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San
Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five
years before—and who now calls with a bizarre cry for help. But by the time
Alex reaches Canyon Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Jamey is gone, surfacing a day
later in the hands of the police, who believe Jamey is the infamous Lavender
Slasher, a psychotic serial killer. Wooed by a high-powered attorney to build a
defense, Alex will get a chance to do what he couldn’t five years ago. And when
he peers into a family’s troubled history and Jamey’s brilliant, tormented
mind, the psychologist puts himself at the heart of a high-profile case.
Because Alex knows that in a realm of money, loss, and madness, something
terrible pushed Jamie over the edge—or else someone is getting away with
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