By Mary Burton
Each skeleton is flawless--gleaming white and completely preserved, a testomony to his ability. each scrap of flesh has been got rid of to bare the glistening bone underneath. And the gathering is growing to be. . .
When bleached human bones are pointed out as belonging to a former sufferer of Dr. James Dixon, Detective Malcolm Kier suspects the worst. Dixon used to be lately acquitted of tried homicide, because of security lawyer Angie Carlson. yet because the physique count number rises, Kier is confident that Angie is now the objective of a brutal, awesome psychopath.
Angie is not any stranger to the darkish facet of human nature. yet not anything has ready her for the decades-long legacy of insanity and homicide approximately to be revealed--or a killer able to declare her as his final trophy. . .
Praise for the novels of Mary Burton
"A twisted story. . .I could not placed it down!" --Lisa Jackson on Dying Scream
"Taut, compelling. . .delivers a page-turner." --Carla Neggers on I'm gazing You"A chilling thriller." --Beverly Barton on Dead Ringer
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She moved towards a uniformed officer. “My identify is Angie Carlson. I obtained a choice from Detective Kier. ” She moved to drag her driver’s license from her pockets to end up her identification. He held up his hand. “I recognize who you're. ” He passed her a collection of plastic gloves. “He’s at the moment flooring. ” She ducked lower than the tape, pulling the gloves on as she moved around the backyard. while she reached front door one other uniformed policeman greeted her and directed her up the steps to the second one ground. the home hummed with the snap of cameras, conversations, and officials relocating round as they searched the entire rooms. She stumbled on Malcolm within the again bed room. He and Garrison leaned over a desk of images, and either appeared deep in proposal. Her greeting died on her lips whilst she checked out the photographs at the wall. The women’s pain-filled eyes stared again at her, sending a haunting attraction for aid. the pointy, crisp pictures have been so bright she may possibly nearly pay attention their cries. For a second she inspiration she’d be ailing. pricey God, she’d defended this monster. She’d used all her felony knowledge to place him again at the streets. “Carlson. ” Malcolm’s deep voice startled her from her ideas. She squared her shoulders. “Detective. ” “Interesting glimpse into your client’s brain, isn’t it? ” “He’s not my consumer. ” Her voice wasn’t as robust as she’d have loved. “But while he used to be, you probably did a bang-up task of protecting him. you set him again at the streets. ” Bitterness laced the phrases. Guilt mingled with anger. “I did my task rather well, Detective. And if you’d performed yours larger we wouldn’t be the following. ” His jaw hardened. She tightened her hand round her handbag strap. “Did you name me right here to argue? ” “No. ” “Then why? ” The ugly pictures at the back of him taunted her. She didn’t are looking to see the wear Dixon had performed. “Your purchaser killed one other lady. ” He was once baiting her, directing his anger at her. part of her knew she deserved his ire. “He’s now not my shopper. ” Kier arched a forehead as though he didn’t particularly think her. “I have the desire to make rattling certain you haven't any information regarding him that may aid us. ” “I’ve no longer spoken to him in over every week. ” “He’s now not contacted you in anyway? ” “No. ” “You’re certain? ” She leaned in so shut she may well odor his smell. “Call me a whinge. name me a barracuda. Hell, name me the Queen of the evening. I don’t care. yet don't name me a liar, Detective. I’ve long gone out of my approach to assist you with this situation. ” He held his floor, conserving the shut proximity. He stared at her so not easy; she suspected he used to be attempting to learn her techniques. “There’s whatever else you must see. ” She didn’t are looking to see from now on. She desired to depart. She desired to slip right into a darkish bar and drink wine until eventually her brain was once numb. “Show me. ” He guided her around the room to the desk. “Have a glance. ” She braced and glanced down. instantly, her in-sides constricted. the pictures have been all of her. “These are all fresh. Taken within the final couple of months. ” She didn’t dare contact the photographs. “I by no means as soon as observed him. ” “He can have taken the images himself or employed a person.