Ryan Sean O'Reilly:
I took to books at an early age and can still remember my father reading
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit to me at bedtime. When I could read on my
own, my mother brought home books from the library for my siblings and me. She tells me, that I would look at the covers and say "not
interested", but if she left them on my night stand I couldn't help, but
devour them--the genres and titles didn't seem to matter. Growing up
the oldest of five children outside the city of Chicago, our house was
always teeming with activity--so it may be no wonder that I enjoyed
staying up late to read when things were quiet. There was always
something transcendent about disappearing into another world while the
rest of the house slept. Books taught me so much about myself and the
I've crossed through a few different genres trying
to find my voice but mostly dwell in fantasy, science fiction, and
literary fiction. A few authors who have inspired me are: J.R.R.
Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Frank Herbert, Richard Adams, J.K. Rowling,
Douglas Adams and William Shakespeare.
Official website: www.ryanseanoreilly.com
On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.
Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.
The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama—and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.
From the author of Echoes in Death, this is the latest of the edgy, phenomenally popular police procedurals that Publishers Weekly calls “inventive, entertaining, and clever.”