Cassie Burke was stabbed and her family murdered in the small town of Bowers Inlet 26 years ago. The police believe they caught the man respon-sible for the killings, but never caught the man who began strangling women soon after.

Known as the Bayside Strangler, he killed 13 women before disappearing. Today, Cassie is a detective on the small Bowers Inlet police force. She and police chief Craig Denver aren't prepared for the horror that's about to be unleashed on the town when the Bayside Strangler returns with a vengeance.

True-crime writer Regan Landry is still working through her recently murdered father's files when she discovers old messages that purport to be from the strangler. Regan contacts the FBI, who dispatch agent Rick Cisco to Bowers Inlet to assist Cassie in the investigation. For Cassie, the killer's return brings up horrific memories, but those memories may be able to unlock the truth.

Launching this new FBI trilogy, Stewart uses some familiar characters and some new ones. Multifaceted relationships and connections always play pivotal roles in unlocking the secrets of this remarkable author's thrillers. As this book proves, Stewart is one impressive storyteller. (Sep., 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith