“Dear Violet, I am about to die.” Thus begins a series of letters to noted Palm Beach astrologist Violet Day, self-written epitaphs from elderly women later found brutally murdered.
As the letters and murders make headlines, Violet’s daughter Lorraine Day contacts her old friend, former cop Ken Blackburn. As a detective on the Dallas force, Blackburn developed an uncanny instinct for tracking down serial killers by predicting when they would strike again — until that meeting in an alley with one deranged man who had eluded him for months, a meeting that proved fatal to the killer and forced Blackburn’s suspension from the force.
So convinced are Lorraine and Ken that they are dealing with a man who fits the profile of a serial killer, Ken announces on a local talk show that he knows the killer’s identity. And then they wait, hoping against hope that the killer falters and exposes himself before he kills again – because this time his target is the Day family itself.
With a climax that will leave readers white-knuckled, C. Terry Cline Jr. once again proves himself a master of psychological suspense.
C. Terry Cline Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama “on a train going out,” he always said, because his family moved often during his youth. Terry looked at life as a big adventure and aspired to be a writer from an early age, despite the fact that he hated school. His relationship with traditional learning and his desire to escape authority to his natural environs was captured in Judith Richards's novel, Summer Lightning, set in Belle Glade, Florida.
Writing was an early interest, and he was selling articles on nature and short stories by age seventeen. As an adult, and creator of his own advertising and public relations business, Terry once trained a chimpanzee to bowl – a unique way to draw crowds to newly opened bowling alleys. He traveled the U.S. with Judy the “Chimpion” Bowler, appearing on every major TV outlet. The outgrowth of working with a chimp was a magazine, Land Alive, and an educational program on animals offered to schools.
At age 37, Terry sold his business to concentrate on writing novels. The first of his ten novels of psychological suspense sold after a three year effort. Cline was called a “master of suspense” by more than one reviewer. He finished his last work, The Cordoba Connection, a few months before suffering a stroke, which resulted in his death in 2013.
C. Terry Cline’s wife of thirty-four years, author Judith Richards, collaborated with him in the writing of all his works.
In early 2011, author Terry Cline sat down at his computer, and was astonished to see the words that were not his own flowing onto his screen as he typed. The author soon realized that the text was coming to him form the world famous prophet and psychic Edgar Cayce, who died in 1945. This book is the result of these few weeks' exchange.
Edgar Cayce, born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky in 1877, became widely known as The Sleeping Prophet. He was a simple man of unquestioned personal integrity, who in a sleep state showed remarkable intelligence and powers of clairvoyance. Cayce used his powers, not for profit or personal gain, but to give spiritual advice or medical diagnosis when it was requested of him. In 1931, Edgar Cayce founded to Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he hoped to “add to the goodness of the world or its wisdom.” The Association still exists today.
As his unbidden fame spread, Cayce suffered public skepticism and sometimes humiliation at the hands of experts who were eager to prove him a fake. Some of those experts went so far as to pierce him with needles while he was in a sleep state. The result of all their exhaustive tests was proof that Cayce was the real thing.
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl
“This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)
"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)
“The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post
“This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” —San Francisco Book Review
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.
From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.
“Unputdownable.” —Stephen King
“A dark, twisty confection.” —Ruth Ware
“Absolutely gripping.” —Louise Penny
For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.
It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.
Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.
Josh McDavid is behaving oddly. He seems strangely withdrawn. He suffers blackouts and hallucinations. For no reason his mind is filled with snatches of music, the smell of leather, the cry of a man dying in anguish…
He is diagnosed as epileptic and while a surgeon prepares the surgery that could cure him, his girlfriend probes the family history.
For seventeen generations, the eldest son in his family has died violently before his thirty-third birthday.
Josh is thirty-two. He is marked down as the next victim of a terrifying curse from the darkened sky of Golgotha. A death sentence that echoes down across two thousand years…
“The girl’s terror was mesmerizing, the menace of the assailant unmistakable. He showed the camera the blade, light reflecting off the serrated edge. Suddenly, the blade slashed, blood flew …”
It was a movie—but not make-believe. The horror was real, and the spectators knew without a shadow of doubt that their idyllic Colorado mountain resort of Gatlin Pass was both the hunting ground and the hiding place for a ring of snuff filmmakers who preyed on tourists and teenagers.
Newspaperman Gary Colter watched the film to its bloody finale—but his interest was not prurient. His own daughter was mysteriously missing. When a vicious renegade was captured, Colter’s search for the monsters did not end. He was sure that there was another man still at large—a man holding his daughter in nightmare bondage.
With his acclaimed novel Prey, C. Terry Cline, Jr., established himself in the first rank of spellbinding storytellers. Now with this blood-chilling exploration of human violence and the forces that shape it, he achieves a new high in tension and action. Quarry is a taut, page-turner about the power of evil and the strength of a father’s love that you will not soon forget.
A riveting, unforgettable story of vengeance stretched to the outer limits of sanity.
Fatal attraction to a charismatic killer—the only apparent link in the lurid slayings of young women across a dozen states, but seemingly enough for criminologist Joanne Fleming to create a psychological profile of the murderer: brilliant, elusive, sometime voyeur, too often an angel of no mercy, the awful truth of him cloaked in his “innocent”—and irresistible—sexual allure. Fleming, the professional, seeks rehabilitation, not retribution. What she finds—and what finds her—is a fight to the last ounce of cunning and courage for the life of her teen-age daughter against a man out to teach the expert a lesson she will never forget.
Through the swamps and bayous of Florida, and the mired channels of the criminal justice system, Joanne Fleming’s professional and personal lives collide, as mother and murderer track each other in an intricate—and ultimately intimate—dance of death-and-survival.