The author is a former federal agent who drew on his law enforcement experience in crafting this novel in order to give readers an uncommon insider's glimpse into the world of criminal investigative work.
The plot centers on a series of grisly, ritualistic murders of child abusers on a remote island in Washington State. The killings appear to mirror those described in a century-old local ghost story. A world-weary police captain struggles with severe psychological problems as he races to identify the killer. To this end, he tries to establish whether the modern-day murders are somehow linked to events in the island's dark and violent past. At the same time, a group of friends at the island's small college faces growing evidence that the killer may be one from among their circle.
The author included plot lines involving the process of psychological recovery from traumatic experiences. Several of the central characters exemplify this process in grappling with their personal demons, recovering from damaging childhood experiences.
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