Over the course of twenty acclaimed novels of suspense, most
recently The Murder Book and A Cold Heart, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman has pitted
psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware against adversaries as disturbed and dangerous
as Delaware is clever and compassionate. Now in Kellerman’s gripping new novel,
a different hero will hold the reader spellbound: a dedicated young
psychologist, unschooled in the ways of violent crime and incalculable evil—until
his life is irreversibly touched by both…and he is thrust into a chilling hunt
for a twenty-first-century Jack the Ripper.
When his brief, passionate romance with nurse Jocelyn Banks
is cut short by her kidnapping and brutal murder, Dr. Jeremy Carrier is left
emotionally devastated, haunted by his lover’s grisly demise and warily eyed by
police still seeking a prime suspect in the unsolved slaying. To escape the
pain, he buries himself in his work as staff psychologist at City Central
Hospital—only to be drawn deeper into a waking nightmare when more women turn
up murdered in the same gruesome fashion as Jocelyn Banks…and the suspicion
surrounding Jeremy intensifies. Now, the only way to prove his innocence and
put his torment to rest is to follow the trail of a cunning psychopath.
Spurring on Jeremy’s investigation is Dr. Arthur Chess, an
enigmatic pathologist who specializes in examining the dead, but harbors a keen
fascination with the darker deeds committed by the living. Arthur draws Jeremy
into an unexpected friendship, and into the confidence of a cryptic society
devoted to matters unknown and unspoken. When he suddenly slips away, Jeremy is
left to contend with an onslaught of anonymous clues—and the growing
realization that a harrowing game of cat and mouse has been set in motion.
But who besides Jeremy is playing—and who is making the
rules? Before the killer strikes again, Jeremy races to connect the disturbing
puzzle pieces being fed to him. Yet his search for answers only seems to yield
more questions. And deepening the mystery is the undeniable presence of someone
watching it all—and guiding Jeremy’s investigation from behind the scenes. As
the game intensifies, Jeremy must decide if a secret ally is setting him on the
right path…or a sadistic enemy is setting him up for a fate far beyond even the
most twisted imagination.
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