C.O.R.E. — Criminal Observance Resolution Evidence: When having the best is a matter of life and death…
happens when negligent plastic surgeons get a taste of their own medicine…?
Chicago investigative reporter, Eden Risk,
receives an unmarked envelope containing a postcard ordering her to watch the
enclosed DVD…or someone else dies. No police. After Eden watches the DVD, a
gruesome, horrifying surgery, she turns to the private criminal investigation
agency, CORE, for help. Only she hadn’t expected that help to come with a
catch. Her former lover, Hudson Patterson, has been assigned to the case.
Hudson would rather have another CORE agent
handle the investigation. Two years ago, he’d screwed things up with Eden…bad.
And as more DVDs arrive, Eden
and Hudson find themselves not only knee-deep in a twisted investigation, but
forced to deal with their past, and the love they’d tried to deny.
At Wexman University, male students will do anything to
get into a top fraternity. They’ll prove their worth during Hell Week by
participating in various physical, psychological and even juvenile pranks. But
those shenanigans aren’t so funny when pledges start disappearing. What kind of
evil has stalked this small Michigan university for the past two decades?
Theories range from obscene scientific experiments to grotesque satanic
killings…but they’re all wrong. The murdered boys serve a single purpose…the ultimate
forensic computer analyst for the private investigation agency CORE, has been
itching to leave her desk behind and work in the field. When her brother Sean,
a student at Wexman, is found beaten and his roommate kidnapped during Hell
Week, she gets her chance. Only her boss insists former U.S. Secret Service
Agent, Owen Malcolm, helps her with the investigation. Owen is the last person
she wants on this assignment. She’d been secretly half in love with him for
over four years, until the night he’d crushed her ego and destroyed her hopes
for any kind of future with him.
For his own reasons,
Owen refuses to risk becoming involved with a coworker. Now that he and Rachel
are stuck working side-by-side to solve this perverse investigation, he’s
having a hard time fighting his attraction to
her…an attraction he’s tried to deny from the moment they met. But time is
ticking. They have seven days to find the missing pledge and catch a killer.
Seven days before the body count rises and the pledge ends up another victim of