He went searching for the truth. Now a killer has found him.
The more you know, the more there is to fear…
Four years ago, fifteen-year-old Ellen Vicksburg went missing in the quiet town of River Remez, New Mexico. Ellen was kind, studious, and universally liked. Her younger brother, Ben, could imagine nothing worse than never knowing what happened to her—until, on the first anniversary of her death, he found her body in a shallow grave by the river’s edge.
Ben, now sixteen, is committed to finding the monster who abducted and strangled Ellen. Police believe she was the victim of a psychopath known as the Demon. But Ben—a math geek too smart for his high-school classes—continues to pore over the evidence at the local police precinct, gaining an unlikely ally in his school’s popular new girl, Ro Majors. In his sister’s files, Ben’s analytical mind sees patterns that don’t fit, tiny threads that he adds to the clues from other similar unsolved murders. As the body count rises, a picture emerges of an adversary who is as cunning and methodical as he is twisted.
At first the police view Ben’s investigation with suspicion. Soon his obsession will mark him as a threat. But uncovering the truth may not be enough to keep Ben and those he loves safe from a relentless killer who has nothing left to lose.
On a quiet suburban street in upstate Greenbury, New York, the brutally beaten body of a young man is discovered in the woods adjacent to an empty vacation home. Twenty-six-year-old Brady Neil a resident of the neighboring town of Hamilton, had no criminal record, few friends, worked full-time, and attended community college. But as Detective Peter Decker learns, the clean-cut kid is linked to the criminal world. When Brady was a baby, his father, Brandon Gratz, was convicted of robbing and killing the owners of a local jewelry store. While Gratz and his partner, Kyle Masterson, admitted to the robbery, they swore they left the owners, Glen and Lydia Levine, very much alive.
The experienced detective knows there’s more to this homicide case than the records show. As he digs into Gratz’s past, Decker begins to suspect that the son’s murder may be connected to the father’s sins. Before he can put together the pieces, Decker finds out that one of Brady Neil’s friends, Joseph Boch—aka Boxer—has gone missing. Heading to Boch’s house with his temporary new partner, Hamilton PD cop Lenora Baccus, they discover a bloodbath.
Who would savagely kill two innocent men—and why? Finding the answers will require all of Decker’s skill and knowledge, the help of his fellow Greenbury detectives, Tyler McAdams and Kevin Butterfield, and information gleaned from his wife Rina’s behind the scenes investigation to put all the pieces of this deadly puzzle together . . . and see justice done.
A most grievous sin has been committed. In pursuit of justice, Decker—with the help of his tough-as-nails partner, Marge, and an able assist from his teenage daughter, Cindy—follows a twisted path that winds through a sinister maze of hospital politics, misplaced passions, and torturous mind games that can all too easily lead to murder.
After Ben and Ro find the remains of Katie Doogan, they travel to Berkeley, California, to look into the abduction and murder of Julia Rehnquist and to see if they can discover any clues that link her homicide to that of his sister’s. In California, Ben discovers undeniable patterns used by the killer and starts to home in on his identity. But knowing what he does is not enough to bring a murderer to justice, The man is a government agent, hidden and well-protected, making it that much more difficult for Ben and Ro to find him. But just as the investigation stalls so does Ben’s love life when Ro makes an unforgivable mistake.
Though Ro messed up, she’s convinced deep down Ben still loves her. Now the only way she knows how to prove to him that she still loves him is by continuing to search for the killer—on her own…
Discover what happens in the conclusion of Killing Season, Part 3, as Ben and Ro finally come face to face with the killer.
Two human skeletons, charred beyond recognition, are identified by a forensic dentist as teenage girls--and for Decker, the father of a sixteen-year-old daughter, vacation time is over. Throwing himself professionally and emotionally into the murder case, he launches a very personal investigation: a quest that pulls him deep into the crack dens of Hollywood Boulevard and painfully close to the children of the streets and a nightmare world he must make his own.
The crime was called in by Rina Lazarus, and Decker is relieved to discover that she is a calm and intelligent witness. She is also the only one in the sheltered community willing to speak of this unspeakable violation. As Rina tries to steer Decker through the maze of religious laws the two grow closer. But before they get to the bottom of this horrendous crime, revelations come to light that are so shocking that they threaten to come between the hard-nosed cop and the deeply religious woman with whom he has become irrevocably linked.
After Ro’s stint working part time at a hotel where scientists frequently stay, she manages to hack into their computer and retrieve a list of scientists’ and other lab employees’ names. When she gives the data to Ben, he’s floored that she’s gone to such lengths for him. Though the ice between them has melted, he knows he can’t get involved with Ro or anyone else again until he finds Ellen’s killer. He can’t afford the distractions. But he doesn’t realize just how close he’s come to the killer—or that the killer knows Ben is on to him—until he finds all of the tires on his car slashed after leaving the prom.
Now Ben knows no one he loves is safe—not Ro, not his parents, not his teenage sister Hayley, or her best friend Lily who has a huge crush on him. With the stakes dangerously high, Ben knows he’s running out of time—and that his next chance at apprehending the killer may very well be his last…