A killer arrives in Avoca, Oklahoma, where he marks two murder scenes using skin from a dead man’s thumb dipped in the victim’s blood. He poses as a Texas Ranger and takes refuge in the home of a pastor-friend to get close to his next target.
Subtleties in clues thrusts Detective Mike Canyon into a contest he refuses to lose: identify and nab the murderer or lose his wife Sunday at midnight. Officer Shannon Roe – who unbeknownst to Canyon is the killer’s sister – receives a promotion and aids Canyon on a trail of kidnapping, poisoning and ultimate clash with the killer.
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Evil’s coldness sapped warmth from Denise Tyler’s heart. The file’s contents mocked her while the dagger of exposure wrenched her soul. The couple paragraphs on the second page revealed scum below the level of Jeremy Guerdon’s pretense. How could she have believed his lies?
Nothing prepared Denise Tyler for the discovery of her fiancé’s secret: Jeremy Guerdon makes his living killing people, and she’s next on the list. She hurriedly packs a bag and flees his New Jersey home to her parents’ home in Knoxville, Tennessee, before he can find out.
At home, Denise’s father, the successful pharmaceutical entrepreneur,Clifton Tyler, seeks the rights to market a new drug reputed to eradicate the effects of exposure to chemicals used in biological warfare. The drug’s creator, Daniel Baker, is a former professional athlete turned physician working for the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. When he shares a limo ride with Denise, he unwittingly becomes victim to Jeremy’s plan to destroy Denise. Jeremy has tracked Denise down and plans to kill her and anyone who gets in his way. After Denise and Daniel survive a botched hit-and-run that Jeremy masterminded, the two are forced into a world of unimaginable danger and sabotage. The danger reaches its peak when Denise unknowingly consumes a chocolate laced with a powerful chemical that nearly shuts down her central nervous system. Combined with Denise’s preexisting disease, sarcoidosis, it’s sure to lead to death.
Will Daniel be able to save the woman he's come to love? Or will Jeremy have the vengence he desires?