“Heath’s boundless imagination and singular voice have produced a truly unique thriller.” —Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author, on Hangman
The shocking, fast-paced and queasily funny follow-up to Jack Heath’s international bestselling thriller, Hangman
Timothy Blake, ex-consultant for the FBI, now works in body disposal for a local crime lord. One night he stumbles across a body he wasn’t supposed to find and is forced to hide it. When the FBI calls Blake in to investigate a missing university professor, Blake recognizes him as the dead man in his freezer.
Then another man goes missing. And another.
There’s a serial killer in Houston, Texas, and Blake is running out of time to solve the case. His investigation takes him to a sex doll factory, a sprawling landfill in Louisiana and a secret cabin in the woods.
As they hunt the killer together, FBI agent Reese Thistle starts to warm to Blake—but she also gets closer and closer to discovering his terrible secret.
Can Blake uncover the killer without being exposed himself?
Australian author Heath's tightly plotted sequel to 2018's Hangman finds former FBI informant Timothy Blake working for Charlie Warner, the all-powerful crime boss of Houston, by disposing of the bodies of her victims. Blake is pulled back into helping the FBI by agent Reese Thistle, a friend who shared part of his traumatized childhood. Thistle is looking into the case of Kenneth Biggs, a math professor who's gone missing. The Houston police tracked his cell phone signal to a Louisiana garbage dump, but a visit to the dump turned up nothing. When Blake sees a picture of Biggs, he knows exactly where the man is in his freezer but of course he can't tell Thistle that. Heath cleverly peels the onion of Blake's unspeakable secret, revealing bite-size hints as it becomes clear just how he gets rid of the bodies. Some readers are bound to be repulsed, and yet others with a taste for black humor will cheer, however queasily, for this antihero.