A teenage runaway...a serial killer...an ex FBI agent. A gripping novel of suspense from the New York Timesbestseller. Kate Conlan, ex-FBI agent, finds herself protecting a teenage runaway from a serial killer who burns women alive...Known as the Cremator, the serial killer has already claimed three victims, and there's only one witness, who's not ...
A teenage runaway...a serial killer...an ex FBI agent. A gripping novel of suspense from the New York Timesbestseller. Kate Conlan, ex-FBI agent, finds herself protecting a teenage runaway from a serial killer who burns women alive...Known as the Cremator, the serial killer has already claimed three victims, and there's only one witness, who's not talking. Kate Conlan can't tell if she's working with a reluctant witness, a potential victim, or something more sinister still. As she battles with demons of her own, and amid the frenzy of media attention, Kate finds herself on the trail of the Cremator. She's got what it takes to stop him. And he wants her alone...
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-01-11 Hoag (A Thin Dark Line) has a way of sneaking up on the reader in superior thriller tradition, taking her time in revealing monstrous images lurking in the dark corners. The Cremator, a Minneapolis serial killer, has been torturing prostitutes before incinerating them in local parks, but no one pays much attention until it appears that the third victim may be Jillian Bondurant, a billionaire's daughter. Former FBI agent Kate Conlan, now a victim/witness advocate, is enlisted to handle a reluctant teenage witness who claims to have seen the latest torching. Kate's life becomes further complicated when ace FBI profiler John Quinn is called in by Jillian's father. Kate and John share a personal history, he being one of the reasons she left the Bureau five years ago, and they must each contend with their painful past as they work together to catch the diabolical killer who appears to be taunting them at every turn. Hoag uses crisp dialogue effectively to distinguish the many diverse characters, while Kate and John's mirror-image Machiavellian work ethics justify both their mutual attraction and aversion. Devoting equal attention to the mystery of the serial killer's identity and the romantic tension between her engaging protagonists, Hoag does service to both, scripting love scenes worthy of George Clooney and Ren?e Russo, the Hollywood stars she mentions as look-alikes for her principals. Granting a humanizing dignity to the victims' corpses, she neatly sidesteps the graphic crudeness of some of her competitors, while still providing enough surprise twists and stomach-turning carnage to satisfy any heebie-jeebie enthusiast. Major ad/promo. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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