Its been two years since his fiancée, Laurel, was brutally murdered. Two years of grief and loneliness. On this hot summer night, hes finally going out on a blind date, his first date since Laurels death. Hes not looking for love, just testing the waters to see if its possible to live a normal life again. The thought of it is turning his knees to jelly.
Marlene Frost is a beautiful woman. Shes warm and funny, with a smile to match. After the first awkward minutes, Joe finally starts to think this isnt such a bad idea after all. In fact, maybe this blind date will turn out to be one of the best things that ever happened to him.
He couldnt be more wrong. Because somehow, for reasons Joe can barely understand, this one evening will mark the beginning of a new nightmare. A nightmare that will lead him to the faceless man in the shadows, and to the most terrible realization of all.
"[T]his search for a psychopathic killer disappoints with repetitive dead ends and a clichéd wounded protagonist who brings on the terrifying climax by working with no backup." - PW.
"While the McKnight series has been praised for its sharply delineated locale, developing characters, and gripping plot twists, Joe Trumbull seems passive, full of self-pity, and not likely to appear in a second volume. Although Hamilton's many fans may want to read any of his books, those new to his work should start with one of the series." - Library Journal.
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Born and raised in Detroit, Steve Hamilton graduated from the University of Michigan where he won the prestigious Hopwood Award for fiction. In 2006, he won the Michigan Author Award for his outstanding body of work. His novels have won numerous awards and media acclaim beginning with the very first in the Alex McKnight series, A Cold Day in Paradise, which won the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin's Press Award for Best First Mystery by an Unpublished Writer. Once published, it went on to win the MWA Edgar and the PWA Shamus Awards for Best First Novel, and was short-listed for the Anthony and Barry Awards. The awards didn't stop there but he's too modest to crow about them. Hamilton currently works for IBM in upstate New York where he lives with his wife Julia and their two ...
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