From the mountain views beyond the Strip to the dingy dens of forbidden pleasure, Susan Pulaski loves Las Vegas. A woman who wears a gun at her side and her heart on her sleeve, Pulaski is the perfect fit for her city and for her job: unraveling the minds of deviant personalities - until a killer begins decorating Sin City with the horribly disfigured bodies of once beautiful young women...and Pulaski's own demons go on a binge. Eight months after her cop husband's death, Pulaski's life is spinning out of control - just as her detective colleagues start searching for a serial killer who methodically stalks his female victims and plunges them into an orgy of terror. When a violent incident earns Pulaski a pink slip from the LVPD and a trip to detox, she's out of the hunt altogether, and she begins desperately to try to regain her job, her reputation, and custody of the niece she's been raising on her own. It seems hopeless - until Pulaski meets the one person who can lead her into the mind of a madman: Darcy O'Bannon, a twenty-five-year-old autistic savant whose relationship with the world around him is so unusual that it forces Pulaski to view the crimes from a bizarre - but ultimately insightful - perspective." White-knuckling her way to the center of the case, Pulaski becomes the key player in a desperate hunt for a killer who believes he has found divine inspiration in the works of Edgar Allan Poe. But even with the assistance of Darcy's astonishing skills, Pulaski is in more danger that she knows. For the man she seeks is watching her, seduced by her frailties and strengths, her beauty and boldness. To finish his masterwork of horror, he needs her.
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