The disappearance of a beautiful teenage girl from the streets of Duluth, Minnesota, the second in a year, draws Lieutenant Jonathan Stride into a dark and dangerous conflict with the heart of evil as his search for a serial killer captures him in a web of secrets, lies, obsession, illicit desire, and death that will transform his life.
Lieutenant Jonathan Stride knows his partner Maggie Bei is in trouble when she reports a deadly crime on a bitter winter night. She s obviously hiding a terrible secret, and her silence only feeds suspicion. Maggie isn t the only one keeping secrets in Duluth. A seductive young woman has disappeared, leaving behind a stash of lurid fantasies and a cryptic message: I know who it is. Following a twisted trail, Stride uncovers a sordid web of violence...
"...a baby vanishes from her bedroom in an opulent lakeside home. Was she abducted --or does her father have a terrible secret to hide. That same night, a young policewoman gets lost in the fog and stumbles into the middle of a horrific crime. Now a sadistic killer wants her to play his deadly game." -- Publisher's description.
When he finds the daughter of a woman he failed to protect from a violent husband years ago hiding out in his lakeside cottage, Duluth PD Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is driven by guilt and duty to help her.
Detective Jonathan Stride's first wife, Cindy, died of cancer eight years ago, but her ghost hangs over Stride's relationship with current lover, and fellow detective, Serena Dial.
Detective Jonathan Stride's first wife, Cindy, died of cancer eight years ago, but her ghost hangs over Stride's relationship with current lover, and fellow detective, Serena Dial. When Serena witnesses a brutal murder outside a Duluth bar, she stumbles onto a case with...
When a freak accident kills a driver on the remote roads outside Duluth, Jonathan Stride is disturbed to discover that the victim appears to be a ghost, with a false identity and no evidence to suggest who he really was. What's worse, the man has a gun locked in the trunk, and it has recently been fired. It's up to Stride to solve the mystery, but there are those who would stop at nothing to stop him.
"Jonathan Stride's best friend, Steve Garske, makes a deathbed confession: he protected Stride by covering up a murder. The police dig up Steve's yard and find a body with a bullet hole in its skull. With suspicion in the murder pointing at him, Stride finds himself off the case and on leave from the Duluth Police. His only ally in clearing his name is his wife, Serena."--Publisher.