Alex McKnight--hero of Steve Hamilton's bestselling, award-winning, and beloved private eye series--is back in a high-stakes, nail-biting thriller, facing the most dangerous enemy he's ever encountered.
On the Mediterranean Sea, a vacationer logs on to the security-camera feed from his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Something about his living room seems not quite right--the room is bright, when he's certain he'd left the curtains closed. Rewinding through the feed, he sees an intruder. When he shifts to the bedroom camera, he sees the dead body.
Martin T. Livermore is the key suspect in the abduction and murder of at least five women, but he's never been this sloppy before. When the FBI finally catches him in Scottsdale, he declares he'll only talk to one person: a retired police officer from Detroit, now a private investigator living in the tiny town of Paradise, Michigan. A man named Alex McKnight.
Livermore means nothing to McKnight, but it soon becomes clear McKnight means something to Livermore...and that Livermore's capture was only the beginning of an elaborate, twisted plot with McKnight at the center. In a hunt that will take him across the country and to the edge of his limits, McKnight fights to stop a vicious killer before he can exact his ultimate revenge. And his grand finale will cut closer to home than he ever could have imagined.
Why would a scarily intelligent serial killer allow himself to be caught? That's the enigma at the center of Edgar-winner Hamilton's brilliant 11th Alex McKnight thriller (after 2013's Let It Burn). Thanks to a home surveillance system, robotics engineer Martin Livermore, a necrophiliac who's eluded the law, is spotted abusing a corpse in the Arizona home of a couple vacationing in Europe. It's unclear whether he murdered the victim before or after he brought her to the house. As Livermore's m.o. is to return to where he left his victim, FBI agent Roger Halliday leaves the cadaver in place and later arrests Livermore when he goes back to the scene of his crime. The FBI brings in McKnight, a retired Detroit police officer who now works as a bounty hunter in Michigan, after Livermore discloses that he knew about the surveillance system and that he will provide details only to McKnight about another potential victim, who, at least for now, is still alive. McKnight, who has never heard of Livermore, has no idea why the killer requested his involvement. The plot develops in multiple unexpected directions, and its logical convolutions are matched by Hamilton's deepening portrayal of his fully realized lead. Fans of serial killer fiction won't want to miss this one.
I could not put this book down. I like the character Alex McKnight. this book was different than the others as it did not have the normal friends involved but I can hardly wait for the next phase of Alex’s adventures. I love Steve Hamilton’s writings.