A seductive but dangerous woman and a sadistic serial killer combine to turn the life of a small town cop completely upside down.
Carlo Jardina has built a nice quiet life for himself as a detective with the Prescott AZ police department. But it all changes when a snitch he’s befriended tells him an intriguing story, and on a weekend trip to Las Vegas he meets one Jezebel Waterhouse. She’s a very desirable woman, Jezebel, and Carlo falls hard for her. She promises he can win her heart forever with one small favor…killing Mr. Waterhouse.
His life gets still more complicated when a stranger picks his town for the first of a string of sadistic sex killings. Stephen, as he calls himself, moves on from Arizona but continues to taunt Carlo with letters containing arcane clues together with items of physical evidence as he continues his murderous spree.
As the summer drags on the questions for Carlo stack up as fast as the bodies of gruesomely slain young women. How can he help stop Stephen when even the FBI is completely frustrated? And what about Jezebel? Can he really bring himself to follow through with the murder he’s agreed to commit for her, or is he just stringing her along?
In the shocking conclusion it’s revealed that Jezebel and Stephen aren’t the only ones with secrets and hidden agendas. Carlo has plenty of his own. In the end he sees a way to settle all his scores and put Stephen out of business with one horrific act. The dilemmas that have bedeviled him are resolved, except for one: can he live with the choices he’s made?
When prominent divorce attorney Francis Capella goes flying off a cliff in his new Porsche, it seems at first a tragic accident. But then, a date rape drug is discovered in his coffee thermos, which was found ejected from the crash scene.
Suspicion falls immediately upon his beautiful young wife, Delilah. There’s a five million dollar insurance policy for her benefit, and it was she who prepared the thermos. Patrick Brennan, an investigator hired by the insurance company isn’t so sure about her guilt, however, and when he and Delilah fall in love he becomes convinced of her innocence. But he must find the true killer to save her.
Could the housekeeper have spiked the coffee, and if so what was her motivation? Or was it one of the attorney’s many enemies, and if so how was it done? Could one of them have set a “honey trap,” luring the attorney to his death with an attractive woman? Was it the prominent plastic surgeon, or the billionaire tech mogul? Or was it perhaps the wealthy home developer, who had once threatened Capella’s life?
Will Delilah be indicted for murder? Will Patrick find the true killer? Will their love story live on?