When two women linked with charismatic late-night TV personality Marshall Fox are found brutally slain in Central Park, Fox becomes the prime suspect and is charged with the murders. At the tabloid trial, one of Fox's ex-lovers, Robin Burrell, is called to testify - and is instantly thrust into the media's harsh spotlight. Shaken by a subsequent onslaught of hate mail, Robin goes to Fritz Malone for help. Malone has barely begun to investigate when Robin is found sadistically murdered in her Upper West Side brownstone, hands and feet shackled and a shard of mirror protruding from her neck.
But it's another gory detail that confounds both Malone and Megan Lamb, the troubled NYPD detective officially assigned to the case. Though Fox is in custody the third victim's right hand has been placed over her heart and pinned with a four-inch nail, just as in the killings he's accused of. Is this a copycat murder, or is the wrong man on trial?
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Hawke was born and raised in the heart of a major American city in the
Industrial South. The fire to become a writer ignited for the boy at an early
age, most particularly with his multiple devourings of the DC comics Batman
series as well as the Howard Pyle rendition of 'Robin Hood', both being stories
of audacious outsiders taking whatever drastic or heroic efforts are necessary
in order to put wrong back to right. Hawke lives in New York City.
Richard Hawke is a pseudonym of Tim Cockey.
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