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In this must-read thriller, an ambitious young cop suspects there's more to random, horrific murders in her small town and stumbles upon the first known Omnikiller – a serial killer who cannot be profiled because his M.O. is constantly changing . . .

From veteran police detective Bernard Schaffer comes a powerful new thriller that crackles with authenticity, page-turning suspense, and spellbinding glimpses into the criminal mind . . .

‘It was one thing to fantasize about evil, to reach into the darkness and play with it a little . . .’

Rookie cop Carrie Santero has always been fascinated by serial killers. As a teenager, she wrote a letter to Charles Manson in prison - and received a chilling reply. Then she came face to face with a child murderer in her small Pennsylvania town. Now, she finally has her chance to make a difference. To hunt down a psychopath who embodies the very nature of evil itself...

‘... But it was something different when it knew your name.’

The perpetrator draws inspiration from the most twisted minds in modern crime. Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. The Green River Killer. Soon Carrie and her boss, Chief Bill Waylon, realize they're dealing with an unpredictable ‘omnikiller’ who cannot be profiled. Their only hope is to enlist the help of Jacob Rein, a brilliant but tarnished former detective who has plumbed the darkest recesses of the soul. And whose insights on evil could lead Carrie to the point of no return...

‘Tense, fast, and excellent – I loved this book’ Lee Child


The Thief of All Light launches a stunning series with two of the most original heroes ever - as well as a killer who sets a new standard for lethal danger.

Lisa Scottoline

A stylish, attention-getting thriller. Its speed and intensity are matched by the most engaging pair of detectives I’ve seen in a long while.

David Morrell

Schaffer is the real deal. His writing will knock you out.

J. A. Konrath

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  • Trade Paperback


    August 20, 2018

    Bantam Australia

    304 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook


    August 20, 2018

    Random House Australia

    304 pages

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That night, he was Ed. The last time, he had been Dean, and before that, Earle. He maintained a list in his mind, and he was marking names off of that list. Working his way toward the top.

Being Ed was a big deal.

He looked down at his guest’s feet, studying the painted color of her toenails. A smooth, luxuriant bronze, applied perfectly. He would remember that shade when he was no longer Ed. He squeezed her bare calf, feeling its shape and musculature. Long, lean, firm, and tight, the way only a young woman’s can be. Her head bobbed at the touch of his hand. The chemical locomotive slowed its pace through her system. Soon, the conductor would blow his whistle, and the engine would brake, and then the doors of her mind would slide open in a cloud of benzodiazepineopiate steam, delivering her into his waiting arms.

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