Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best-until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead-but her life was shattered forever. Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel between her lips and pulling the trigger one last time. Because for a woman who's lost everything, what is there left to lose? She's about to find out. In all her years at the Bureau, Smoky has never encountered anyone like him-a new and fascinating kind of monster, a twisted genius who defies profilers' attempts to understand him. And he's issued Smoky a direct challenge, coaxing her back from the brink with the only thing that could convince her to live. The killer videotaped his latest crime-an act of horror that left a child motherless-then sent a message addressed to Agent Smoky Barrett. The message is enough to shock Smoky back to work, back to her FBI team. And that child awakens something in Smoky she thought was gone forever. Suddenly the stakes are raised. The game has changed. For as this deranged monster embarks on an unspeakable spree of perversion and murder, Smoky is coming alive again-and she's about to face her greatest fears as a cop, a woman, a mother...?nd a merciless killer's next victim.
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"Violent, gory, but ultimately emotionally satisfying, this debut novel about a serial killer and the FBI unit chasing him is made all the better by the performance of narrator Kate Reading. Special Agent Smoky Barrett's last case cost her both her husband and her daughter. Reading expertly captures Barrett's pain and anxiety as she is forced back into action by the murderer, who believes he's a descendant of Jack the Ripper. The final confrontation portrayed by Reading may cause some listeners to pull off the road to keep from missing each delicious emotion. While not for every listener, this is one book you shouldn't miss if you're a fan of the thriller genre. R.O. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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