Lawyer Martin Vail has never lost a case - now he must catch a psychotic killer, or he'll lose his life.
When Linda Balfour, a young mother, is found butchered in small-town southern Illinois, a coded inscription stamped in blood on the back of her head brands her mutilated body. For Chief Prosecutor Martin Vail, the Bloody insignia drags up memories he'd like to forget - memories of Bishop Rushman, slashed and dismembered ten years ago by an altar boy, Aaron Stampler. But if Stampler is locked away, he cannot have murdered Linda. With his career - and his life - on the line, Vail needs answers fast before the killer signs someone else's life away.
New York Times
“Move over John le Carre. William Diehl has written a rip-roaring roller-coaster of suspense, riveting from beginning to end”
“Enough plot twists, violence, and romance to jumpstart a zombie's pulse... Diehl's fast pacing and smooth mix of humour, tension and malevolence add up to bracing entertainment”