Gabriel McRay hatte einst den Ruf, der beste Detective des Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department zu sein, doch seit einiger Zeit leidet er unter zunehmend unkontrollierbaren Wutausbrüchen und Erinnerungsaussetzern. Er steht kurz vor der Kündigung, als sich in den Hügeln von Santa Monica eine Reihe von brutalen Morden ereignet. An abgelegenen Orten ersticht der »Malibu-Canyon-Killer« seine Opfer und setzt dann ihre Fahrzeuge in Brand. Jedes Mal hinterlässt er am Tatort einen Umschlag mit einer boshaften, kryptischen Nachricht – adressiert an McRay, der schon bald selbst in den Fokus der Ermittlungen rückt …

This murder mystery is the debut novel featuring troubled detective Gabriel McRay, who is fired for police brutality.  His issues stem from the blocked memory of a childhood trauma. When a killer begins leaving notes on victim's bodies addressed to the detective, Gabriel is hired back to lure in the killer.  With his career dependent on the whims of a psychopath, Gabriel soon realizes that the killer's identity hides within his own blocked memory.  Teamed with his forensic pathologist girlfriend and a psychiatrist, Gabriel runs two parallel investigations. The first: a dark journey into the terrifying recollections of his past and the second: the hunt for a serial killer who seems to know more about Gabriel... than he knows himself.

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In the sequel pulse-pounding thriller in the series, Detective Gabriel McRay is once again forced to face his inner demons.  From the enclaves of the super rich to the kinky underbelly of Los Angeles, women are turning up dead and Gabriel is determined to hunt down the killer.  His one and only witness to this string of sexual murders is the beautiful Tara Samuels.  Blinded by his own sympathy and desire for Tara, Gabriel is soon embroiled in the world of her dark fantasy, and McRay must find the sadistic killer before he loses his career, his sanity and his life.

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