He has been serving a life sentence for the serial murders of six women eighteen years ago but now Anthony Amaro’s case is about to be revisited after the recent violent death of psychotherapist Helen Brunswick.
Defense lawyer Carrie Blank and NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher will be drawn into the investigation of this new homicide and the attempt to exonerate Amaro. For Carrie this will be an emotional assignment since Amaro was implicated in the death of her older sister.
Along with her partner, JJ Rogan, Hatcher is also going to have to set aside some personal baggage as they reassess the investigation that led to Amaro’s conviction.
With both a team of lawyers and the police sifting through reams of conflicting evidence and testimony, the search for the truth and the unmasking of the true killer will take everyone back to Carrie Blank’s hometown and the secrets buried there.
Some clever twists and unexpected surprises are combined with some multifaceted characters to make this thriller one even the most sophisticated reader will find difficult to set aside. If you think you have seen it all in criminal suspense, you haven’t read Alafair Burke yet!
A new murder case with ties to a convicted serial killer leads Detective Ellie Hatcher into a twisting investigation with explosive and deadly results in this superb mystery from the “terrific web spinner” (Entertainment Weekly) Alafair Burke.
When psychotherapist Helen Brunswick is murdered in her Park Slope office, the entire city suspects her estranged husband—until the District Attorney’s office receives an anonymous letter. The letter’s author knows a chilling detail that police have kept secret: the victim’s bones were broken after she was killed. Her injuries were eerily similar to the signature used twenty years earlier by Anthony Amaro, a serial killer serving a life sentence for his crimes. Now, Amaro is asking to be released from prison, arguing that he was wrongly convicted, and that the true killer is still on the loose.
NYPD Detectives Ellie Hatcher and JJ Rogan are tapped as the “fresh look” team to reassess the original investigation that led to Amaro’s conviction. The case pits them against both their fellow officers and a hard-charging celebrity defense lawyer with a young associate named Carrie Blank, whose older sister was one of Amaro’s victims.
As the NYPD and Amaro’s lawyers search for certainty among conflicting evidence, their investigations take them back to Carrie’s hometown, where secrets buried long ago lead to a brutal attack—one that makes it terrifyingly clear that someone has gotten too close to the truth.