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When the mutilated body of a young woman is discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains, LAPD Detective Jessica Allen knows she's seen this before--two and a half years ago on the other side of the country. A sadistic serial killer has been operating undetected for a decade, preying on lone female drivers whose cars have broken down. The press dub the killer 'the Samaritan,' but with no leads--and a killer who leaves no traces--the police investigation quickly grinds to a halt. That's when Carter Blake shows up to volunteer his services. He's a skilled manhunter with an uncanny ability to predict the Samaritan's next moves. At first, Allen and her colleagues are suspicious. After all, their new ally shares some uncomfortable similarities to the man they're tracking. But as the Samaritan takes his slaughter to the next level, Blake must find a way to stop him . . . even if it means bringing his own past crashing down on top of him.
Despite a familiar plot line—the hunt to stop a serial killer—even jaded genre readers will be absorbed by Cross’s second thriller featuring manhunter Carter Blake (after 2015’s The Killing Season). The murderer has been dubbed the Samaritan for his pattern of offering to help stranded female motorists before torturing them and slitting their throats with a jagged blade. A landslide uncovers the corpses of three of his victims including 22 year old Kelly Boden. When Blake hears of the discovery he heads to L.A. to join in the investigation believing that he knows the killer a former colleague in a shadowy military unit. That suspicion leads him to offer his services for free to Kelly’s father and his assistance is warily accepted by the LAPD detective on the case Jessica Allen who may herself have some past history with the killer. Cross makes the most of perspectives alternating among Blake Allen and the Samaritan building up to a logical but surprising climax. Agent: Luigi Bonomi LBA (U.K.). (Feb.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"British author Cross makes a spectacular U.S. debut with this harrowing thriller. The gripping, intense pace and the intriguing characters will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Hope for a sequel!" Library Journal (starred review)
"Mason Cross has created an enigmatic character in Carter Blake. The writing is taut, intelligent, oozes suspense. A highly impressive debut novel." Matt Hilton, author of the bestselling Joe Hunter thrillers
"My kind of book." Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Keeps the pace breakneck, the suspense high, and the body-count higher." Booklist
"Cross provides a gratifyingly high body count, ruthlessly efficient action sequences and all the other thrills youd expect of the superior popcorn movie you can expect his first novel to spawn, right down to a nifty extra twist in the tail." Kirkus
The thrilling sequel to Mason Cross'
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