The abduction of a woman sends ex-cop Artemis Herne back into the darkness of criminal investigation. But what first appears to be a simple kidnapping grows into a web of questions when her associates begin turning up dead and disemboweled, signed with the personal mark of the killer.
As the missing woman struggles with the chains of brutality and revenge that hold her hostage, the number of bodies tagged with the murderer’s signature continues to grow. To save the woman and stop the merciless killings, Herne must hurry to uncover a history of persecution and deceit—and cope with the duplicity in his own life—before it’s too late.
Ex-cop Artemis Herne thought he left the grit and crime of the city in the past when he moved to a small town in Pennsylvania. But the discovery of a woman’s dead body, bound and covered with snakes, sends panic through his community and ignites his investigative instincts.
As the serial killer continues to target his prey, Herne must confront his haunted past to uncover the pattern in the deaths. He soon discovers that every victim suffers from a phobia. And every murder transforms the victim’s worst fear into reality.
Tormented by his personal demons, Herne is forced to face his own fears as he hunts for a murderer who uses terror for a weapon.
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