MERCILESS, the newest chilling novel from author MARY BURTON
Each skeleton is flawless—gleaming white and perfectly preserved, a testament to his skill. Every scrap of flesh has been removed to reveal the glistening bone beneath. And the collection is growing. . .
When bleached human bones are identified as belonging to a former patient of Dr. James Dixon, Detective Malcolm Kier suspects the worst. Dixon was recently acquitted of attempted murder, thanks to defense attorney Angie Carlson. But as the body count rises, Kier is convinced that Angie is now the target of a brutal, brilliant psychopath.
Angie is no stranger to the dark side of human nature. But nothing has prepared her for the decades-long legacy of madness and murder about to be revealed—or a killer ready to claim her as his ultimate trophy . . .
Stieg Larsson fans will find a lot to like in Burton’s taut, well-paced novel.
—Publishers Weekly on SENSELESS
INSIDE A KILLER’S LAIR
Malcolm’s fury burned in the pit of his stomach. “He’s been at this for a long time.” He pointed to the wall of images. “Look, that’s Lulu Sweet on the far right. Other than Foxy, she must have been his most recent victim.” He let his gaze roam to the next woman. “Sierra Day.”
Garrison’s gaze settled on the first image on the wall. “Look at the first photo.”
The picture was at least thirty years old, but Malcolm recognized the face. “Fay Willow. She was his first.”
“Fay’s roommate said the boyfriend made deliveries to the museum.”
“A little digging will confirm his employment records.”
Malcolm moved to a table on the far end of the room. It appeared to be a workstation where the photos had been cropped. He glanced down, and instantly his blood turned to ice. “Garrison, look at this.”
Garrison moved and studied the images of the woman on the table. The pictures were snapped when she was selecting produce in the grocery store, walking Old Town Alexandria, and standing on the steps of the courthouse. “His next victim.”
Malcolm fisted his fingers. “It’s Angie Carlson. . . .”