Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel between her lips and pulling the trigger one last time. Because for a woman who’s lost everything, what is there left to lose?
She’s about to find out.
In all her years at the Bureau, Smoky has never encountered anyone like him–a new and fascinating kind of monster, a twisted genius who defies profilers’ attempts to understand him. And he’s issued Smoky a direct challenge, coaxing her back from the brink with the only thing that could convince her to live.
The killer videotaped his latest crime–an act of horror that left a child motherless–then sent a message addressed to Agent Smoky Barrett. The message is enough to shock Smoky back to work, back to her FBI team. And that child awakens something in Smoky she thought was gone forever.
Suddenly the stakes are raised. The game has changed. For as this deranged monster embarks on an unspeakable spree of perversion and murder, Smoky is coming alive again–and she’s about to face her greatest fears as a cop, a woman, a mother…and a merciless killer’s next victim.
From the Hardcover edition.
“I want to talk to Smoky Barrett or I’ll kill myself.”
The girl is sixteen, at the scene of a grisly triple homicide, and has a gun to her head. She claims “The Stranger” killed her adoptive family, that he’s been following her all her life, killing everyone she ever loved, and that no one believes her.
No one has. Until now.
Special Agent Smoky Barrett is head of the violent crimes unit in Los Angeles, the part of the FBI reserved for tracking down the worst of the worst. Her team has been handpicked from among the nation’s elite law enforcement specialists and they are as obsessed and relentless as the psychos they hunt; they’ll have to be to deal with this case.
For another vicious double homicide reveals a killer embarked on a dark crusade of trauma and death: an “artist” who’s molding sixteen-year-old Sarah into the perfect victim—and the ultimate weapon. But Smoky Barrett has another, more personal reason for catching The Stranger—an adopted daughter and a new life that are worth protecting at any cost.
This time Smoky is going to have to put it all on the line. Because The Stranger is all too real, all too close, and all too relentless. And when he finally shows his face, if she’s not ready to confront her worst fear, Smoky won’t have time to do anything but die.
From the Hardcover edition.
He’ll kill you for yours.
Cody McFadyen has shocked even the most jaded suspense fans with Shadow Man and The Face of Death. Now comes a thriller that outdoes them all, featuring a psychopath on a perverse crusade of murder. And the one woman who can stop him has a secret that will change her from the hunter to the hunted.…
A lie, a long-ago affair, a dark desire—everyone has secrets they take to the grave. No one knew that better than FBI special agent Smoky Barrett. But what secret was a very private young woman keeping that led to her very public murder? And what kind of killer was so driven and so brazenly daring that he’d take her life on a commercial airliner thirty thousand feet in midair, a killer so accomplished that he’d leave only a small souvenir behind?
These are the questions that bring Smoky and her hand-picked team of experienced manhunters from L.A. to the autumn chill of Washington, D.C., by order of the FBI director himself—and at the special request of a high-powered grieving D.C. mother.
As a mother, Smoky knows the pain of losing a child—it nearly killed her once before. As a cop with her own twisted past, she takes every murder personally, which is both her greatest strength and her only weakness. Brilliant, merciless, righteous, the killer Smoky is hunting this time is on his own personal mission, whose cost in innocent human lives he’s only begun to collect. For in his eyes no one is innocent; everyone harbors a secret sin, including Smoky Barrett.
Soon Smoky will have to face what she’s so carefully hidden even from her own team—and confront a flawless killer who knows her flaws with murderous intimacy.
From the Hardcover edition.
Smoky Barrett riecht den Tod, als sie die Tür öffnet. Der Boden und die Wände sind mit Blut getränkt. Auf dem Bett liegen zwei tote Körper - geschändet, entstellt, ausgeweidet. Neben ihnen kauert ein Mädchen. Der Todeskünstler hat sie besucht. Seit Jahren zerstört er ihr Leben, tötet jeden, der ihr lieb ist. Er will sie in den Wahnsinn treiben und nach seinem Bild neu erschaffen. Er wird wieder zu ihr kommen ...
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Nach der Landung findet die Besatzung Lisas Leiche. Die FBI-Agentin Smoky Barrett hat lediglich einen Hinweis: ein silbernes Kreuz mit der Zahl 143 im Körper der Toten. Zählt der Mörder seine Opfer? Smoky hat es offenbar mit einem Serienkiller zu tun. Denn im Internet tauchen brutale Videos von Hinrichtungen auf. Die Filme verraten, dass jedes Opfer Sünden begangen hatte, die wie ein Schatten auf seiner Seele lasteten: Mord, Kinderschändung, Vergewaltigung. Mit seinen Taten will der Mörder die Schuld seiner Opfer sühnen. Smoky Barrett steht als Nächste auf seiner Liste. Denn auch sie hat ein finsteres Geheimnis.
Cody Mcfadyens Psychothriller "Das Böse in uns" ist nichts für schwache Nerven. Agentin Smoky Barrett ermittelt diesmal in einem besonders blutigen Fall.