1997 NY: Bantam Books - First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dustjacket, signed by the author.
In this riveting follow-up to the New York Times
bestseller The Clinic,
Jonathan Kellerman proves once again why he is "crime fiction's hottest author."__And psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware confronts an almost unimaginably cruel, arrogant, and obsessed killer who takes as much pleasure in matching wits with the police as in robbing human life.
The slightly retarded fifteen-year-old daughter of a diplomat dies on a school field trip--forced or lured into a deserted corner of the Santa Monica mountains and killed in cold blood.__Her father adamantly denies the possibility of a political motive, which leaves LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his longtime friend psychologist Alex Delaware to pose the question: Why?
There are no signs of struggle, no evidence of sexual assault--and there are no easy answers.__Just one innocent youngster...dead.
The victim's father is so intent on controlling the investigation that Alex and Milo start to wonder if he wants to bring out the truth--or make sure it stays buried.__Then there is another killing, and within days Alex finds himself ensnared in one of the darkest, most menacing cases of his career.
Driven to find answers, he and Milo will work closely with Inspector Daniel Sharavi, the brilliant Israeli police detective introduced in Jonathan Kellerman's The Butcher's Theater.
__In the end, though, it is Alex who will go undercover, alone, to expose the smug brutality of a murderous conspiracy and a terrifying contempt for human life.__Weaving together the threads of a mystery that lead from a child's murder to a young scientist's suicide, Jonathan Kellerman draws one of the most chilling, frighteningly realistic portraits of evil you will ever experience.