Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford began his #1 New York Times best-selling series with this riveting novel that floored critics and fellow novelists alike. "So chilling that you're almost afraid to turn the pages," hailed Carl Hiassen, while Robert B. Parker praised the "cop and a killer you will remember for a long, long time."
The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport—a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare—is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.