In New York Times bestselling author Bryan Reardon's captivating thriller, a dejected filmmaker lets his curiosity get the best of him and plunges into a web of depravity and danger from which there might be no escape.
Theo Snyder is at the end of his rope. One minute he was on top of the world, his documentary film The Basement a massive critical and commercial hit, the next crestfallen when his latest film was canceled after an embarrassingly public misstep. As his desperation grows, he makes a bold decision: to pursue the story of the notorious "Halo Killer," Jasper Ross-Johnson. But delving into the life and mind of a serial killer could prove more deadly than Theo ever could have imagined.
At first, things are looking up. Jasper is willing to talk, the footage of the jailhouse meetings is spectacular, and famed investigator Zora Neale Monroe joins him on the project. Theo is sure he's getting close to something no one else has discovered: the truth about why Jasper was captured before he could kill his final victim. Someone else was on the beach that day, someone who knows a lot more than they're telling and just might know how it all happened. The truth could lead to more killing--unless Theo can uncover the real ending to the story of the Halo Killer first.
When serial killer Jasper Ross-Johnson reaches out to documentary filmmaker Theo Snyder, the narrator of this taut if flawed tale of deception from bestseller Reardon (The Perfect Plan), Theo agrees to meet him at the Wilmington, Del., prison where he's incarcerated. Jasper wants Theo, whose first documentary was a hit but whose career has since tanked, to tell his story. Theo, keen to redeem his reputation, succeeds in interesting a studio in the project and starts filming interviews with Jasper at the prison. PI Zora Monroe joins Theo in an effort to get Jasper to reveal what led to his being captured before he could kill his last intended victim. Theo and Zora come to realize that the daughter of Jasper's first victim is in peril, and they embark on a deadly chase up and down the east coast to find her. Ingenious twists and well-developed characters compensate only in part for a convoluted ending that will leave many unsatisfied. Newcomers are advised to start with one of Reardon's earlier, stronger thrillers. \n