Synopses & Reviews
In a secluded cabin six young men stage a deadly standoff with FBI agents.
In a wooded area near the FDR Memorial in Washington, the body of a senator's daughter is discovered.
For FBI Special Agent Maggie O'Dell, there is nothing routine about being called in to work these two cases. As an expert criminal profiler, Maggie provides psychological insight on cases that involve suspected serial killers. She can't understand, then, why she has been assigned to two seemingly unrelated crimes.
But as Maggie and her partner, Special Agent R. J. Tully delve deeper into the cases, they discover there is a connection: Reverend Joseph Everett, the charismatic leader of a high-profile religious sect. The men holed up in the cabin were members of Everett's church, and the murder of the young woman took place following one of Everett's rallies.
Is Everett a psychotic madman who uses his power to perform heinous crimes? Or is he merely the scapegoat for a killer more cunning than he? Maggie realizes the only way to find out is by using her own mother, a member of Everett's church, as a pawn in a deadly trap.
". . . sure to be spotted all over the beach by summer's end." (Publishers Weekly)
FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell is called to the crime scene of a murdered young girl who was assaulted, strangled and left to die near the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. Her investigation leads Maggie to Reverend Everett, the charismatic leader of a religious group who had held a prayer meeting the night before the murder--a meeting that had attracted many young people, including the victim. Searching for leads with her partner, Tully, Maggie begins to realize that this case may strike close to home--her own mother is involved with Everett, and she may be the key to solving the case.
When a young woman is found murdered after a public prayer meeting held at the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C., FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell is led to the charismatic Reverend Everett, who conducted the meeting, and learns her own mother is involved with Everett.
FBI Special Agent Maggie O'Dell and her partner Tully investigate two cases--the murder of a senator's daughter in Washington, D.C., and a shootout in Massachusetts, both of which are linked to Reverend Joseph Everett, who is dating Maggie's mother. Reprint.