A friend's brutal murder turns former homicide detective Stacy Killian's life upside down. Unwilling to trust Spencer Malone, the overconfident New Orleans detective assigned to the case, Stacy is compelled to return to the investigative role she had fled.
The investigation leads Stacy and Spencer to White Rabbit, a cultish fantasy role-playing game. White Rabbit is dark, violent—and addictive. As the body count mounts, they find themselves trapped in a terrifying game that's more real than life and death. Because anyone can die before the final moment when White Rabbit is over…and the killer takes all.
"I'm in trouble, Liz. I've uncovered something.… They're watching.…"
That panicked message on her answering machine is the last time Liz Ames hears from her sister Rachel, pastor of Paradise Christian Church in Key West, Florida.
Compelled to uncover the truth about her sister's disappearance, she heads to Key West. Within hours of her arrival a successful banker jumps to his death. Then a teenage girl whom Rachel was counseling is found brutally murdered. The ritualistic style of the killing is hauntingly similar to that used by the notorious "New Testament" serial killer—now on death row.
Could the teen's murder be related to Rachel's disappearance? Is a copycat killer at work? And why do the police refuse to help?
For answers, Liz turns to Rick Wells, a former Miami cop who worked the fringes of the "New Testament" investigation. Together they peel away layers of deception to reveal a terrifying adversary—and the unspeakable evil at the heart of this island paradise.
Now, years later, Kat is still haunted by her sister's unsolved murder and continues to receive chilling anonymous letters, but she has tried to move on with her life. Until, on the tenth anniversary of Sara's death, she receives a letter that makes the past impossible to ignore: "What about justice for Sara?" What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, might be the only way to move forward and find some peace. And there's a killer out there who was never caught.
But the town she's come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting—and dying—for.
Bestselling author Erica Spindler returns with a chilling new suspense novel about a woman who goes home ten years after her sister's murder to find the true killer
Twenty-three years ago Anna North survived a living nightmare. A madman kidnapped her, cut off her pinkie, then vanished. Today Anna lives in New Orleans, writing dark thrillers under another name. She finally feels safe.
Suddenly Anna's quiet life takes a frightening turn. Letters start to arrive from a disturbed fan. Anna is followed, her apartment broken into. Then a close friend disappears.
Anna turns to homicide detective Quentin Malone, but Malone's more concerned with the recent murders of two women in the French Quarter. But after a third victim is found—a redhead like Anna, her pinkie severed—Malone is forced to acknowledge that Anna is his link to the killer…and could be the next target.
Now Anna must face the horrifying truth—her past has caught up with her. The nightmare has begun again.
In Spindler's thrilling new psychological drama, one woman's journey to recovery becomes her worst nightmare...
Before Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, stained-glass restoration artist Mira Gallier had it all: a thriving business doing work she loved and an idyllic marriage to the perfect man. But the devastating storm stole her beloved husband – his body swept away by floodwaters, never to be found.
Now, after years of pain and turmoil, it looks as if Mira is finally on the verge of peace and emotional stability. But her life, like the magnificent windows blown to bits by Hurricane Katrina, is about to be shattered once again. And this time, it's not a killer storm she faces, but a psychopath who will stop at nothing until he possesses her, body and soul...
First, church windows that she restored are vandalized, and the priest who looked over them brutally murdered. Spray-painted across the glass are the words: He Will Come to Judge the Living and the Dead. Then, New Orleans is rocked by a terrifying chain of murders that all seem to be linked to Mira. The police, led by homicide detective Spencer Malone, are following a string of clues left by the killer on each victim – and beginning to wonder if the murderer isn't Mira Gallier herself.
As Mira begins to unravel under pressure from all sides – and fear for her life – it's unclear whom she can trust. And when a man from her past appears out of nowhere, sparking something long forgotten in her heart, he quickly becomes the police's new prime suspect. One by one, the people in Mira's life are targeted, until it's clear that the killer has been saving her for last . . . and that there's nowhere left to run.
But when Logan brings her home to his horse farm in Louisiana, a magnificent estate on ninety wooded acres, her dreams of happily-ever-after begin to unravel. A tragic family history she knew nothing about surfaces, plus whisperings about the disappearance of his first wife, True, and rumors about the women from the area who have gone missing—and when another woman disappears, all signs point to her husband's involvement.
At first Bailey ignores the whispers, even circumstantial evidence against Logan mounts. But finally, Bailey must make a choice: believe what everyone says—or bet her life on the man she loves, but is realizing she hardly knows.
From the author of Justice for Sara, Erica Spindler's The First Wife is a thrilling new novel that will have you gasping on every page.
The mysterious lovers the three girls spied on were engaged in a deadly sexual game no one else was supposed to know about. Especially not Andie and her friends, whose curiosity had deepened into a dangerous obsession….
Now, fifteen years later, someone is watching Andie. Someone who won't let her forget the unsolved murder of "Mrs. X" or the disappearance of "Mr. X." Suddenly Andie doesn't know who her friends are…because loyalty can be murder.
Andie. Julie. Raven.
Three very different women bound by more than friendship.
A sinister, hooded figure...
When Alexandra Clarkson starts having terrifying visions filled with blood and ceremonial images, she tries to find a rational explanation – maybe her mind is playing tricks on her, resurrecting creepy tableaux from her research on religious ceremonies and sects. But when Alex's mother, Patsy, commits suicide without leaving behind any information, Alex is left wondering: could she be haunted by something from the childhood she doesn't remember?
Naked, writhing bodies...
Detective Daniel Reed was the last person to speak to Patsy. What he reveals to Alex is shocking. Twenty-five years earlier, Patsy was married to Harlan Sommer, one of Sonoma County's most prominent vintners, when their infant son disappeared without a trace. The loss destroyed the Sommers' marriage, causing Patsy to leave and take Alex with her.
A dead child...
Called on to investigate the identity of a baby's remains unearthed in a Sonoma vineyard, Reed had picked up a trail that led him to Patsy in San Francisco. Now Reed and Alex both wonder if the cold bones could be her baby brother Dylan, and Alex decides to accompany Reed back to Sonoma for the investigation. No sooner does she arrive, however, than she is drawn deep into the search for a twisted killer...
No one except small-town cop Melanie May. She sees the pattern: a serial killer targeting men who have slipped through the fingers of justice. Alone with her awful certainty, Melanie risks her career to convince Connor Parks, a troubled FBI profiler, that she's right.
Suddenly Melanie is in the limelight, lauded for uncovering the Dark Angel. But her involvement makes her a target. For as she and Connor study the victims, their deaths, the signature the murderer leaves at every scene, Melanie comes face-to-face with the terrible truth. The profile Connor's created fits someone in her own life...a profile of a cunning killer, one without remorse and bent on vengeance.
A killer who will not stop until... All Fall Down.
Hot on the heels of their last case, partners Mary Catherine (M.C.) Riggio and Kitt Lundgren, detectives in the police department's Violent Crimes Bureau in industrial, blue-collar Rockford, Illinois, are called out to a college student's apartment where a young man with no criminal record, not even a noise complaint from his neighbors, appears to have been murdered in his sleep.
The trail seems cold, until another victim turns up, and then another... each one striking closer to home for M.C. The growing list of seemingly emotionless kills leaves M.C. and Kitt little to follow—like the first victim, all the targets are young adults, kid-next-door types who've never taken a step outside the law. Meanwhile, the case starts to take its toll on M.C.'s personal life, setting her on edge with her partner and putting their hard-earned friendship in jeopardy. As M.C. and Kitt hunt a faceless killer, they are led deep into the cyberuniverse, where no one is who he seems and you never know who's watching. At the heart of this mesmerizing thriller is the relationship between two headstrong women as they struggle to balance their dual roles, to learn to trust, and to walk the fine line between upholding the law—and taking it into their own hands.
Jeudi 20 octobre 2005
Dans La Nouvelle-Orléans ravagée par le cyclone Katrina, on découvre une demi-douzaine de mains de femmes dans un réfrigérateur abandonné sur un terrain vague. La police se lance dans la traque du tueur en série que la presse déchaînée surnomme « le Collectionneur ». Mais très vite, l'investigation piétine.
Vendredi 20 avril 2007
La découverte d'un squelette de femme à la main coupée relance l'enquête, et Patty O' Shay est chargée de l'affaire. Une affaire qui, pour elle, devient personnelle : le badge de police de son mari, assassiné deux ans plus tôt, est retrouvé sous le corps de la victime. Le Collectionneur devra payer pour le meurtre de son mari. Et lorsqu'une jeune strip-teaseuse prétend être harcelée par un maniaque qui se fait appeler l'Artiste, Patty suit son instinct. Seule contre tous, elle a l'intime conviction que les deux détraqués ne font qu'un. Malgré les avertissements de ses proches, Patty, pour la première fois de sa carrière, est prête à enfreindre la loi pour venger Sammy...
Ces mots cruels, combien de fois la petite Glory les a-t-elle entendus de la bouche de sa mère, Hope St. Germaine, une des femmes les plus élégantes de La Nouvelle-Orléans ? Une femme dont seule Glory, l’enfant si sage, si obéissante et spontanée, connaît la perversité. Car Hope n’a reculé devant aucun châtiment, aucune humiliation, pour faire de Glory une parfaite héritière. Aujourd’hui, Glory est devenue une jeune femme d’une lumineuse beauté, et une femme d’affaires avisée. Elle a échappé, croit-elle, à la volonté destructrice de sa mère. Mais Hope, en menant une sulfureuse vie cachée, n’a pas renoncé à entraîner sa fille dans la malédiction dont elle est prisonnière, et Glory ignore encore le ténébreux secret de ses origines. Un secret scandaleux qui, s’il était révélé, entacherait à tout jamais son nom.
De passage à La Nouvelle-Orléans pour quelques jours, Hunter se laisse envahir par l'atmosphère enivrante de la vieille ville, où flotte quelque chose de sensuel et de subtilement épicé. Tout ici, du souffle frais de la rivière aux buissons d'hibiscus, lui parle d'Aimée. L'afflux de souvenirs le submerge ; il croit même entendre la jeune femme lui raconter à l'oreille le bayou de son enfance, de sa belle voix rauque...
Aimée... Depuis quatre ans qu'ils sont séparés, jamais il n'est parvenu à l'oublier. C'est pourtant lui qui, à l'époque, l'avait forcée à le quitter. Le poids de son passé l'étouffait alors, il n'avait rien à lui offrir. Pas plus qu'aujourd'hui...
Pourtant, se fiant à son intuition, il décide de lui rendre visite. Mais quand il la voit, tenant par la main un petit garçon de trois ans, il comprend tout : c'est son fils qu'il a sous les yeux, un fils dont elle lui a caché l'existence. Bouleversé, il se résout, malgré le rejet d'Aimée, à s'installer sur place pour jouer son rôle auprès de l'enfant...
Le sergent de police Melanie May mène un travail de routine dans une paisible banlieue de Charlotte, Caroline du Nord. Jusqu’au jour où les morts suspectes se multiplient dans sa circonscription.
A quelques jours d’intervalle, un allergique est piqué par des abeilles enfermées dans sa voiture. Un toxicomane s’injecte une dose mortelle de drogue trop pure. Un malade du cœur se trompe dans le dosage de son médicament...
Banals accidents ? Le sergent May est persuadée que non : chacune de ces morts porte, selon elle, la griffe d’un même assassin. Un tueur qui élimine systématiquement des hommes connus pour leur violence envers les femmes...
Avec l’aide de Connor Parks, un profileur du FBI, Melanie va s’efforcer de faire surgir du néant le visage de ce justicier assassin. Sans savoir où l’entraîne la terrifiante vérité...