Police Offer Mike Ryan is murdered by a beautiful woman with his own gun and his name is dragged through the mud with accusations of bribery and corruption. His friend Detective Paris makes it a mission to clear his name, at whatever cost.
But when Ryan's murderer is found dead of an apparent suicide, a rash of brutal murders begins to terrorize the city of Cleveland. All of the seemingly random victims, killed in unimaginably violent ways and bearing the unmistakable hallmarks of a ritual sacrifice, are connected only by a strange symbol carved into their flesh. The truth Detective Paris uncovers is that these murders are the grim handiwork of one maniac obsessed with the magic and mystery of the dark side of Santeria.
As the serial killer's attentions turn to Jack Paris and the detective is pulled into a place of shadows and sexual deviance, Jack finds himself right where the murderer wants him: questioning all of his loyalties, with an impossible choice on his conscience, the barrel of a gun pointing at his temple and the whole world watching...
Richard Montanari is the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author of Play Dead, The Rosary Girls, The Skin Gods and Broken Angels, as well as the internationally acclaimed thrillers Violet Hour and Deviant Way. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.