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When a troubled novice is found garrotted in St Marguerite's cathedral, the first detectives called in are Bentz and Montoya. And Montoya knows who she is - Sister Camille was once his brother's girlfriend. He even knows the prime suspect: Father Frank O'Toole, rumoured to be the father of Camille's unborn child.
The deeper the investigation goes, the eerier it gets. More nuns are dying, brutally slaughtered by someone who seems to know their darkest secrets.
Bentz is sure Father O'Toole is their man. But arresting him is another matter. And there are other suspects, too, including a ruthless murderer who is supposed to have died years ago.
Has the monstrous killer known as Father John returned to New Orleans? Or is the truth even more twisted and terrifying?
Someone is strangling novice nuns in Jackson's terrifying if overwrought seventh Bentz and Montoya novel (after Malice). When NOPD homicide detectives Reuben Montoya and Rick Bentz arrive at the first crime scene, the chapel of St. Marguerite's Convent, Montoya recognizes the murder victim, Sister Camille, as his old high school girlfriend, Cammie Renard. In another coincidence, the novice sister who discovered Camille's body, Lucia Costa, once dated Montoya's brother. On top of that, one of the prime suspects is a high school classmate of Montoya's, Fr. Francis O'Toole, who may have had an affair with the victim. As Cammie's sister, Valerie, a former Texas cop now a New Orleans Garden District B&B owner, struggles with a surprise visit from her estranged husband, more nuns succumb to a crazed killer. Val learns more than she bargained for about her past and Cammie's at a nearby orphanage in a creepy thriller sure to please Jackson's many fans.