New York Times Best Seller
Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis unravel a shocking crime at a raucous wedding reception in this gripping psychological thriller from the best-selling master of suspense.
Jonathan Kellermans psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix. (Los Angeles Times)
LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a fine homicide detective, but when he needs to get into the mind of a killer, he leans on the expertise of his best friend, the brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. While Sturgis has a knack for piecing together the details of a crime, Delaware can decipher the darkest intents driving the most vicious of perpetrators. And theres no better place for the doctors analytical skills to shine than a rowdy hall full of young men and women intoxicated on life and lust…and suddenly faced with the specter of death.
Summoned to a run-down former strip joint, Delaware and Sturgis find themselves crashing a wild Saints and Sinners-themed wedding reception. But theyre not the only uninvited guests. A horrified bridesmaid has discovered the body of a young woman, dressed to impress in pricey haute couture and accessorized with a grisly red slash around her neck. Whats missing is any means of identification, or a single partygoer who recognizes the victim. The baffled bride is convinced the stranger snuck in to sabotage her big day – and the groom is sure its all a dreadful mistake. But Delaware and Sturgis have a hundred guests to question, and a sneaking suspicion that the motive for murder is personal.Now they must separate the sinners from the saints, the true from the false, and the secrets from those keeping them. The partys over – and the hunt for whoever killed it is on.
As usual, [Delaware and Sturgis] form a formidable team. Also as usual, the characters here are varied and described with gritty clarity, and the puzzle facing the duo involves a delightful mix of L.A. culture, this time from its dive bars to its much more serious side. (Booklist)
Narrator: John Rubinstein
Duration: 12 hours 20 minutes
Released: 19 May 2002
Publisher: Random House Audio