On the edge of the Everglades, an eerie crime scene sets off an investigation that sends two agents deep into a world of corrupted faith, greed and deadly secrets.
A ritualistic murder on the side of a remote road brings in the Florida state police. Special Agent Amy Larson has never seen worse, and there are indications that this killing could be just the beginning. The crime draws the attention of the FBI in the form of Special Agent Hunter Forrest, a man with insider knowledge of how violent cults operate, and a man who might never be able to escape his own past.
The rural community is devastated by the death in their midst, but people know more than they are saying. As Amy and Hunter join forces, every lead takes them further into the twisted beliefs of a dangerous group that will stop at nothing to see their will done.
Doomsday preppers and small-town secrets collide in this sultry, twisty page-turning thriller.
In this uneven suspense novel from bestseller Graham (The Rising with Jon Land), 29-year-old special agent Amy Larson of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and John Schultz, her FDLE partner of two years, look into a young woman's ritualistic murder at a remote site on the edge of the Everglades. Amy's knack for making sketches at crime scenes that have proved useful has earned her the respect of 50-year-old John, a career FDLE agent. The case, one that involves several similar murders, attracts the attention of FBI special agent Hunter Forrest, who specializes in ritualistic killings, extremists, and the occult. When a heart attack sidelines John, Amy joins forces with Hunter to investigate the odd murders, and her sketches lead the agents to a chilling cult. The pair's vivid trek through rural Florida and the growing romantic heat between them help make up for the familiar plot and routine dialogue. Graham's first standalone hardcover in more than 10 years entertains despite its flaws.
This was extremely well written book about a religious cult and the power that some have over people. Something that’s not off the charts drummed up as some stories. It was almost like reading a true crime novel. Very good and an excellent ending.