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Two things Perry Hollow Police Chief Kat Campbell never thought she would do again: Enter a burning building, and lay eyes on Henry Goll, the man who was trapped inside with her the last time she was in one. So Kat's on high alert when, barely a year after the dust settled around the Grim Reaper killings, both happen on the same day.
She's jolted awake at 1a.m. by a desperate phone call telling her Perry Hollow's one and only museum—home to all the town's historical artifacts—has been set on fire. Arriving at the scene, Kat catches just a glimpse of Henry's face among the crowd before she's rushed into the charred building, only to find the museum curator dead…bludgeoned, not burned. Kat has lived through some tense moments and seen some gruesome crimes, but the next twenty-four hours will be the most dangerous of her life as she and Henry seek out a killer and the motivation behind these terrifying crimes.
Todd Ritter returns to the beloved town of Perry Hollow, Pennsylvania with Devil's Night, his most poignant, cleverly plotted novel yet.
An early-morning fire at the Perry Hollow (Pa.) Historical Museum and Exhibition Hall turns out to be the work of an arsonist, in Ritter s satisfying third mystery featuring big-hearted police chief Kat Campbell (after 2011 s Bad Moon). Whoever set the fire also appears to have murdered Connie Bishop, the historical society s president, whose bludgeoned body is found in a crawl space below the museum s gallery. Written on the victim s hand in black marker are the words: this is just the first. A stranger Kat encounters at the scene may be a suspect. Meanwhile, Henry Goll, who was disfigured in the last major fire in Perry Hollow, a year earlier, unexpectedly reappears from Italy. A sack of old bones adds another puzzle, and an international developer has ambitious, unspecified plans for the town. Ritter smoothly blends history and mystery, tragedy and near-tragedy, as Kat courageously tracks down the culprit.