Since the gruesome murder of his girlfriend, Jocelyn, six months ago, psychologist Jeremy Carrier's emotions have been frozen shut. The police still consider him a suspect, and Jeremy is not sure he'll ever totally recover. Then two things happen.

A pretty resident makes her interest known, and the hospital's former head of pathology invites Jeremy to a meeting. That appointment turns out to be an elegant dinner with several prominent elderly individuals. Although nothing is said, Jeremy feels as if the meeting is some sort of initiation.

Then he starts receiving strange and seemingly unrelated articles. When more women are murdered in a similar fashion to Jocelyn, Jeremy realizes he's getting clues that could lead to the killer. But Jeremy is the police's prime suspect, so he must try to stop this psychopath on his own.

The origins of evil, as well as the value of justice and vengeance, are explored in this unique, riveting new novel. This thriller offers a fascinating glimpse into a bevy of characters who may not be what they seem. (Dec., 384 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith