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From an acclaimed “master of suspense”(New York Times Book Review) comes
a thriller in which Thorn must confront an assassin whose victims and
methods are taken directly from the script of a popular TV show
April Moss writes obituaries for the Miami Herald.
Her son, Sawyer, also a writer, has been scripting a cable TV series
called “Miami Ops” and has been using his mother’s work as a central
element of the show's storyline. In “Miami Ops,” a serial killer is
using obituaries published in the local paper as a blueprint for
selecting his next victims.
But midway through the season, a
copycat appears off-screen, a real-life killer who is using the same
strategy to select victims. When this serial killer crosses paths with
the reclusive Thorn, he has no choice but to leave his sanctuary in Key
Largo and join forces with a young policewoman from Oklahoma who is
investigating the murders.
In addition to the show’s head writer,
April’s other son, Sawyer’s twin brother, works on “Miami Ops” as the
lead actor. Could one of them be involved in the killings? Or are they
orchestrated by the director of the TV series, an aging mogul who badly
needs a hit? And what about the female star of the show, a deliciously
strange young woman who seems willing to do anything to promote her
Thorn walks into this hotbed of entertainment business
intrigue totally unprepared for the life-altering shocker he’s about to
face. This loner from Key Largo has brought down his share of killers,
but he's never confronted one that was his own flesh and blood.
the pacing of a thriller, and the lyrical prose for which Hall is
renowned, this story pits Thorn against a killer—or killers—whose
motives are as elusive as their identities.