Nathan Stiedowe is seeking perfection - and he has been learning from the best. Recreating some of the most sickening murders in history, his objective appears chillingly simple, but his true motive remains unclear.
On the trail of this sadistic monster is FBI Special Agent Dana Whitestone. Driven by the brutal childhood slaying of her parents, Dana's relentless pursuit of the most evil and twisted criminals has seen her profile many violent cases. But never has she encountered a maniac as demented as Stiedowe, or a mind as horrifyingly disturbed...
Osborne's derivative first novel introduces FBI agent Dana Whitestone, who lost her parents to a murderer when she was only four. Whitestone, a hotshot who rose through the ranks quickly and has a legendary profiler as a partner, gets on the trail of a serial killer known as the Cleveland Slasher. The killer, who calls himself Nathan Stiedowe, bases his crimes on the real-life butcheries of Richard Speck and Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer, among others. Osborne offers neither well-developed characters nor clever plot twists amid the graphically described atrocities of a sadist indistinguishable from others of his ilk in this subgenre. Readers should be prepared for groan-worthy revelations and purple prose ("The sun was the sizzling yolk in the centre of a robin's-egg sky, beating down on his head like a solar jackhammer wielded by an especially malevolent god").