Tami Hoag has written her most riveting and bone-chilling novel to date.

For the third time, the Minneapolis serial killer, The Cremator, has struck. Only this time, the police may have gotten lucky, they have a witness to the incineration of the latest body. Unfortunately, the witness is troubled runaway,Angie DiMarco, who is not cooperating. Kate Conlan, a former FBI agent turned victim-witness advocate is brought in.

And unlike the previous victims of The Cremator who lived on the streets, the latest victim may be the missing daughter of powerful businessman Peter Bondurant. If the charred body is not the missing Jillian, who is it and where is Jillian? Because of this potential high profile nature of the victim, legendary FBI special agent and profiler John Quinn is brought in to handle the political hot potato.

Already under pressure to make young Angie cooperate, Kate doesn't need the added emotional strain of a reunion with John, her former lover. Though their affair ended badly, the embers still smolder.

Despite the Task Forces best efforts, the clock continues to tick and no one knows how much time may be left before The Cremator strikes again.

(Apr., 496 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith