Five years ago, Ed Fagan disappeared and since then nothing has been heard from the serial killer known as the Night Hunter. Now, a Dublin newspaper has received a letter from someone claiming to be Fagan, and the message is chilling: he's going to kill again.
At first, the Dublin Police are inclined to dismiss the letter as the work of a crank. Then, the body of prostitute Mary Lynch is found, and it's only too clear that a murderer is at large again.
But is it Fagan?
Saxon, a former FBI agent still haunted by the events of five years ago, was writing a book about Fagan when he disappeared, and she is certain as anyone can be that the killer must be someone else. So while Detective Chief Superintendent Grace Fitzgerald and the rest of the DMP sniff at a cold trail, she somehow has to convince them to look beyond the obvious.
But in a city of shadows and secrets, that's never easyespecially when the truth is so surprising that even the most astute detective would be shocked into carelessness in the moment of discovery.
And as Saxon knows, it's never wise to be careless in the presence of a killer.
About the Author
Ingrid Black is a writer and journalist who lives in Ireland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Five years ago, Ed ¿The Night Hunter¿ Fagan killed his last prostitute, but suddenly vanished without being caught. In Dublin Post free lance journalist Nick Elliott informs former FBI agent Saxon that he received a letter from someone claiming to be Fagan and insisting it is time to start again. Saxon pursued The Night Hunter serial killer without success, but kept a journal with hopes of a true crime book coming out of their ¿joint¿ endeavor; not catching the killer left that book seemingly dead............................. However, Saxon is a bit shocked with Elliott¿s news because she knows why Fagan and her book vanished since she killed him though everyone else thinks the Night Hunter lost interest temporarily. Saxon agrees to uncover the identity of the letter writer who has begun to kill. Though the killing signature and his modus operendi are slightly different, the Dublin police believe Fagan is back. Teaming with her secret lover Dublin police detective Grace Fitzgerald, the American expatriate searches for a killer who seems like a fun house mirror image of The Night Hunter..................................... This engaging Irish serial killer thriller hooks the audience due to the somewhat acrimonious narration of Saxon at times juxtaposed by her more intellectual sounding lover as both debate the murders. The story line uses action, though limited, to enhance the cerebral elements of the plot. The climax is terse, twisty, and terrific, but this tale is totally owned by the former American fed whose cat and mouse encounters five years ago and now make for a fine time for readers........................ Harriet Klausner