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Paralyzed by drink and despair since the accidental death of his young daughter, Shelby, Detective Kyle Sommers nonetheless must lead a task force to catch a brutal serial killer. Nicknamed the Cradle Robber, this murderer has methodically snuffed out the lives of children all along the California coast. Now he's come to Portland.
While investigating, Sommers learns that a strange man has been saving local children from various dangers-then mysteriously disappearing. With the help of Sherrie Nolan, a brilliant and embittered scientist, Sommers learns that the man is a time traveler who, grieving for his own murdered child, has vowed to use his brilliant mind to create a way for a future generation of children to live.
And Sommers hungrily hopes to save children who have died in the past as well. Particularly Shelby. Laughed off the task force as word spreads of his theory, Sommers investigates on his own. Desperate to undo his tragic history and rebuild his career, Sommers determines that the way to stop the Cradle Robber is to get to the time traveler.
But the Cradle Robber has hatched a diabolical scheme. Intent on continuing his carnage, the baby-killer has laid a trap for both Sommers and the time traveler . . . one sure to destroy every adult and child in the city.
"David (Ship of the Damned) has contributed a fine novel to that popular genre, the well-told tale. One can only hope that the survivors will make a return appearance. " - Publishers Weekly
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In this superbly paced mix of science fiction, thriller and police procedural, set in contemporary Portland, Ore., police detective Kyle Sommers has taken to the bottle to fight the memories of his daughter Shelby's death in an accident for which he was responsible. To rehabilitate him, his superiors put Kyle in charge of a task force to fight the Cradle Robber, a vicious child-killer who has now moved to Portland. But some of the Cradle Robber's intended victims are being saved at the last minute. With the help of double-amputee and writer Sherrie Nolan, Kyle figures out that the child rescuer is a time-traveler. Fired from the task force, Kyle decides to pursue both the Cradle Robber and the time-traveler on his own. He and Sherrie eventually confront both as they try to end the Cradle Robber's trail of death and allow the time-traveler to save his own lost daughter. Despite the high body count, the author carefully calibrates the violence for emotional impact, never crossing the line into gratuitous gore, and even a serial killer and various gang-bangers have internal lives. There's also an agreeable minimum of tokenism in Sherrie's disability, and likewise little voyeurism in the endangerment of children. David (Ship of the Damned) has contributed a fine novel to that popular genre, the well-told tale. One can only hope that the survivors will make a return appearance.