Another, from her car at a stoplight. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest's darkness. In this exhilarating thriller inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer. In southern texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing.
A mother is ripped from her home while checking on her baby. One vanishes from a movie theater. The women in the woods are not the killer's first victims, nor are they likely to be his last. Rookie fbi agent caitlin hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.
Caitlin's unit discovers the first victim's body in the woods, laid out in a bloodstained white baby-doll nightgown. He then plays out a twisted fantasy—turning them into dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin's profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people's trust.
. To track the unsub, meticulous killer, caitlin must get inside his mind; he is a confident, capable of charming his victims until their guard is down, snatching them in plain sight. But can they apprehend him before it's too late? As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims his next victim.
Around the bodies, polaroid photos are stuck in the earth like headstones, picturing other women with their wrists slashed.
UNSUB: A Novel An UNSUB Novel Book 1
But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession. A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.
Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss?
The prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove detective mack hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.
Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. An unsub—what the fbi calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.
Caitlin hendrix has been a narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. Caitlin hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city.
The Dark Corners of the Night An UNSUB Novel
She soon realizes that this case will test not only her skills but also her dedication, for within the heart of a killer lives a secret that mirrors Caitlin’s own past. The bedroom communities of Los Angeles are gripped with dread, and the attacks are escalating. Still reeling from her best friend’s close call in a bombing six months ago, FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix has come to Los Angeles to assist in the Midnight Man investigation and do what she does best—hunt a serial killer.
This is a great one!” — stephen kingsoon to be an amazon TV seriesI am the legion of the night …He appears in the darkness like a ghost, made of shadows and fear—the Midnight Man. Her work is what keeps her going, but something about this UNSUB—unknown subject—doesn’t sit right. Don’t miss it.
He comes for the parents but leaves the children alive, tiny witnesses to unspeakable horror. Hesitancy is not an option, but will she be able to do what must be done if the time comes?Tense and impactful, Edgar Award winner Meg Gardiner’s latest UNSUB thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat until its riveting conclusion.
The Dirty Secrets Club Jo Beckett Book 1
Hired by the sfpd to shed light on the victims' lives, forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett makes a shocking discovery: all the suicides belonged to a group of A-listers with lots of money and plenty to hide. And soon jo finds herself trapped in a nightmare from her past when she gets invited to join the club.
. With this breakout novel, the meg gardiner fan club is growing. A string of high-profile murder-suicides has San Francisco more rattled than the string of recent earthquakes.
Remember Murder Claire Morgan Book 5
Would she be able to recognize her abductor if she saw him again? If he came back for more. Edgy, clever! --beverly bartonRemember The DarknessShe can't remember why he chose her--or what he did to her. If only she knew just how close he is--to her and everyone she loves. Be prepared to lose sleep!" --eileen Dryer"Exciting, thrill-a-minute!" --Midwest Book Review"Plenty of suspense and surprises.
Publishers weekly112, 500 . Remember murderIf only she could remember his face or his voice. But after suffering a temporary coma, she can barely remember her own lover, psychiatrist Nicholas Black. Praise for linda ladd's claire Morgan Thrillers"One of the most creepy, crawly, and compelling psychological thrillers ever.
Fresh fiction "Chilling, compelling suspense. Looking for pain. A tough, no-nonsense detective.
The Memory Collector Jo Beckett Book 2
An unforgettable new thriller from the author hailed by Stephen King as "the next suspense superstar" Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett is called to the scene of a plane inbound from London to San Francisco. A passenger is behaving erratically, offering Jo cryptic clues from a shattered past: something about a missing wife and son.
. A secret partnership gone horribly wrong. And, most alarming, a deadly biological agent that no one can stop.
The Vanishing Season: A Mystery Ellery Hathaway Book 1
The only one who lived. Her superiors dismiss her concerns, but Ellery knows the vanishing season is coming and anyone could be next. She's an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. His marriage is in shambles, and worst of all, his bosses think he's washed up, he blew a major investigation.
When three people disappear from her town in three years—all around her birthday—Ellery fears someone knows her secret. She contacts the one man she knows will believe her: the FBI agent who saved her from a killer all those years ago. Agent reed markham made his name and fame on the back of the Coben case, but his fortunes have since turned.
. Someone very dangerous. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. When ellery calls him, and now both of them are about to be sucked into the past, he can’t help but wonder: sure, but was she ever truly saved? His greatest triumph is Ellery’s waking nightmare, he rescued her, back to the case that made them.
. With a killer who can't let go. Winner of the minotaur books/mystery writers of america First Crime Novel Competition, Joanna Schaffhausen’s accomplished debut The Vanishing Season will grip readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion.
Club, drew, bartender harper Flynn watches helplessly as her boyfriend, is gunned down in the cross fire. In edgar award–winning author meg Gardiner’s new stand-alone thriller, an injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists. When shots ring out in a crowded L. A. L. A. She has quit her job and gone back to college.
The two gunmen were killed when the building collapsed. Certain that a third gunman escaped and is targeting the survivors, Harper enlists the help of Aiden Garrison, the only person willing to listen. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered has cut his career short and left him with Fregoli syndrome, a rare type of face blindness that causes the delusion that random people are actually a single person changing disguises.
As harper and aiden delve into the case, harper realizes that her presence during the attack was no coincidence—and that her only ally is unstable, mistrustful of her, and seeing the same enemy everywhere he looks. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shoot-out has been closed. Then somebody throws a Molotov cocktail, and the club is quickly engulfed in flames.
. Sheriff deputy aiden garrison sees a gunman in a hoodie and gas mask taking aim at Harper, but before he can help her a wall collapses, bringing the building down and badly injuring him. A year later, Harper is trying to rebuild her life.
The Face of Death Smoky Barrett Book 2
Now, in his latest novel, McFadyen brings Agent Barrett back to track down a killer who breaks all the rules. I want to talk to Smoky Barrett or I’ll kill myself. The girl is sixteen, at the scene of a grisly triple homicide, and has a gun to her head. No one has. In shadow man, cody mcfadyen took the suspense thriller where other writers have feared to tread.
. He introduced readers to a heroine every bit as dark and edgy as the serial killers she hunts: Special Agent Smoky Barrett. Until now. Because the stranger is all too real, all too close, and all too relentless. For another vicious double homicide reveals a killer embarked on a dark crusade of trauma and death: an “artist” who’s molding sixteen-year-old Sarah into the perfect victim—and the ultimate weapon.
Her team has been handpicked from among the nation’s elite law enforcement specialists and they are as obsessed and relentless as the psychos they hunt; they’ll have to be to deal with this case. This time smoky is going to have to put it all on the line. But smoky barrett has another, more personal reason for catching The Stranger—an adopted daughter and a new life that are worth protecting at any cost.
And when he finally shows his face, if she’s not ready to confront her worst fear, Smoky won’ t have time to do anything but die. She claims “the stranger” killed her adoptive family, that he’s been following her all her life, killing everyone she ever loved, and that no one believes her.
The Echo Killing: A Mystery A Harper McClain Mystery Book 1
She spends her nights with the police, searching for criminals. Her latest investigation takes her to the scene of a homicide where the details are hauntingly familiar: a young girl being led from the scene by a detective, a female victim naked and stabbed multiple times in the kitchen, and no traces of any evidence pointing towards a suspect.
Not even finding her mother brutally murdered in their home when she was twelve has made her love Savannah any less. Her mother’s killer was never found, and that unsolved murder left Harper with an obsession that drove her to become one of the best crime reporters in the state of Georgia. Harper has seen all of this before in her own life.
But for harper mcclain, the timeless beauty and culture that distinguishes her home’s Southern heritage vanishes during the dark and dangerous nights. The similarities between the murder of Marie Whitney and her own mother’s death lead her to believe they’re both victims of the same killer. When a murder echoing a fifteen-year-old cold case rocks the Southern town of Savannah, crime reporter Harper McClain risks everything to find the identity of this calculated killer in Christi Daugherty's new novel The Echo Killing.
A city of antebellum architecture, and cobblestone streets, picturesque parks, Savannah moves at a graceful pace. She wouldn’t have it any other way. At last, she has the chance to find the murderer who’s eluded justice for fifteen years and make sure another little girl isn’t forever haunted by a senseless act of violence—even if it puts Harper in the killer’s cross-hairs….
Faithless: A Novel Grant County Book 5
A grant county detective for years, she has her own reasons for being drawn to this case and a fierce drive to see justice done. For these three people, who have each seen the darkest side of human nature, the body of the murdered girl is but the first in a series of shocking and sordid revelations. The victim was buried alive in the Georgia woods—then killed in a horrifying fashion.
. Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from Karin Slaughter's Unseen. As faithless builds to a stunning and unforgettable climax, Karin Slaughter masterfully brings together strands of interlocking lives, family secrets, and hidden passions with one astounding truth: the identity of a killer who is more evil and dangerous than anyone could have guessed.
Brilliant plotting, relentless suspense, ” raved the Washington Post. A new synonym for terror, ” crowned the Detroit Free Press. And for sara and jeffrey, a harrowing journey begins, one that will test their own turbulent relationship and draw dozens of lives into the case. The critics agree: no one writes suspense like karin Slaughter, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, whose thrillers featuring medical examiner Sara Linton and her ex-husband, have propelled her to the top of bestseller lists the world over.
Lena adams is one of them. Now, as jeffrey and sara narrow the field of suspects, they must confront their own doubts and indiscretions, while Lena Adams sees herself reflected in the frightened eyes of a battered woman who may be the key figure in the case. Now slaughter fuses her unmatched grasp of forensic science and a mastery of complex relationships in a riveting tale of faith, doubt, and murder.