Veteran homicide detective Daniel Sykes can not escape bad dreams. Despite
the highest arrest record in his department he is tortured by visions of
the female victims in a string of brutal murders. Having put a serial
rapist behind bars for the crimes, he must reopen the case, to the
displeasure of high-ups, when the murders begin all over again.
Danielís own mental state is on the line. A near myopic focus on this case
has strained relations with Seth, the highly functioning autistic brother
he cares for. It has also caused a mental breakdown necessitating
psychological counseling because Daniel, in his inability to solve the
crimes, has nearly taken his own life.
The murder of Danielís mother, a cold case for twenty five years, has
clouded Danielís ability to separate the present from the specter of the
past. And when the beautiful police psychologist heís seeing (and become
intimate with) turns up dead, Daniel faces a starling new awareness. The
serial killer is targeting victims in his own life, as a form of
communication. This places Sarah, the young woman who helps cares for his
brother, in perhaps the greatest danger of all.
Released from the case, Daniel begins a journey back to the Southern town
he was raised in, seeking answers to his motherís murder. What he finds
there is the stuff of Southern Gothic literature and provides a stunning
connection to the murders which have been happening all around him. A good
cop, Daniel relentlessly pursues the truth, even as it takes him into a
heart of darkness.
2007 Meeghan Holaway and Grace McKeaney
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