As a violent storm rages over the small town of Winter's End, Sheriff Dale Townsend comes upon a chilling scene – a young man, knives in his hands and the body of a woman at his feet.
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Twelve people. One night. No way out.Troubled private detective Alex Rourke comes to Tennessee mountain country on a wild goose chase, a plea for help telling him people were killed here a year before, their deaths covered up. It's not just future victims he's looking to save in the storm-blasted valley in the middle of nowhere, either; he's…
But the enigmatic suspect refuses to answer any questions, and, bizarrely, there is no forensic evidence to link him to the crime.
So Sheriff Townsend he calls his childhood friend Alex Rourke back to his sleepy home town in wooded hills of north-eastern Maine. After an absence of nearly twenty years, Rourke – ex-FBI interrogator turned private eye – is an expert in navigating the twisted pathways of murderous minds.
But this killer is twisted indeed and very, very clever. And – as a pervading sense of evil descends upon the town – Rourke realizes he may well be an integral part the killer's game. A game that is not yet over....