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Publisher Description

No, please don’t.

Three little words, innocuous in their definitions. No great allegories, no ethical dilemmas. No, please don’t.

The words echoed through his brain as he sawed, their rhythm spurring his own. When a local girl falls prey to a sadistic serial killer, Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson finds herself pursuing the vicious murderer. The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene – the prior victim’s severed hand.

Ambitious TV reporter Whitney Connolly is certain the Southern Strangler is her ticket out of Nashville; she’s got a scoop that could break the case, but has no idea how close to this story she really is. As the killer spirals out of control, everyone involved must face a horrible truth: that the purest evil is born of secrets and lies.

Praise for J.T. Ellison

"A terrific lead character, terrific suspense, terrific twists…a completely convincing debut." – Lee Child

"A taut, striking debut. Mystery fiction has a new name to watch." – John Connolly

The Taylor Jacksons series

1. All The Pretty Girls

2. 14

3. Judas Kiss

4. The Cold Room

5. The Immortals

6. So Close the Hand of Death

7. Where All the Dead Lie

About the author

J.T. Ellison is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of more than 20 novels, and the EMMY-award winning co-host of A WORD ON WORDS, Nashville's premier literary show. With millions of books in print, her work has won critical acclaim, prestigious awards, and has been published in 26 countries. Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

Crime & Thrillers
September 1

Customer Reviews

Jaygee48 ,

Brilliant Writing

This is one of the best books I have read in this genre. I can't praise it highly enough. It had everything you want in a well thought out thriller. The characters were believable and you could feel every situation they were in . I was fortunate enough to be able to read it in hospital and couldn't wait to pick up my iPad where I had left off. Looking forward to the next thriller with bated breath. John White

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