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With its gracious homes, Ansley Park is one of Atlanta’s most desirable neighborhoods. But in one mansion, in a teenager’s bedroom, a girl has been savagely murdered. And in the hallway, her horrified mother stands amid shattered glass, having killed her daughter’s attacker with her bare hands. Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is here only to do a political favor; the site belongs to the Atlanta police. But Trent soon sees something that the cops are missing, something in a matrix of forensic evidence, and in the eyes of the shell-shocked mother. Within minutes, Trent is taking over the case — and adding another one to it. He is sure that another teenage girl is missing, and that a killer is on the loose.
In the trauma center of Atlanta’s busiest hospital, Sara Linton treats the city’s poor, wounded, and unlucky — and finds refuge from the tragedy that rocked her life in rural Grant County. Then, in one instant, Sara is thrust into a frantic police investigation, coming face-to-face with a driven detective and his quiet female partner…
In the woods of suburban Atlanta, where Sara’s patient was found, local police have set up their investigation. Detective Will Trent doesn’t hesitate — he plunges through police lines, through the woods, and single-handedly exposes a hidden house of horror. Then he finds another victim.…
Wrestling the case away from the local police chief, Will and his partner, Faith Mitchell — a woman keeping secrets of her own — are called to a related investigation. Another woman has been snatched. And the killer’s torture chamber has been found, but the killer is still at work.