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.
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"[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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Steve Hamilton is one of the most critically acclaimed writers in the world. His Alex McKnight series includes two New York Times notable books, and he's put two recent titles on the New York Times bestseller list. He's either won or received multiple nominations for virtually every other crime fiction award in the business, from the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award to the Anthony to the Barry to the Gumshoe. But it was his standalone The Lock Artist that made publishing history, the first book ever to win an Edgar for Best Novel in America, a CWA Steel Dagger for Best Thriller in the UK, and an Alex Award which is given out by the American Library Association to those books that successfully cross over from the adult market and appeal to young adult readers. The Lock Artist has...
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