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With rookie detective Matt Jones recovering from the wounds he suffered in The Girl Buried in the Woods, and with his partner, Denny Cabrera, lucky to have survived but still unable to walk, a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, Ryan Brooks, makes a late-night call requesting a small favor...

“I've heard that you’re on medical leave,” Brooks says. “Meet me in the morning, Jones. I need to show you something that I can't talk about on the phone.”

Unfortunately, when Jones shows up at the writer's beach house, he finds a crime scene that’s beyond the pale. And while LAPD brass and two hotshot FBI agents are calling the brutal murders the indiscriminate work of a madman, Matt Jones knows in his heart of hearts that Brooks was killed for something he knew....

For something he couldn’t talk about on the phone - a secret that someone’s been keeping for three long years. Jones’s drive to turn over the stones of the past is only matched by the murderer’s will to keep that secret buried. As one dead body turns up after the next, Jones finds himself cornered, and now, the killer’s next target. Chased through the night - with everything lost and the Grim Reaper reaching for his back - Jones makes the most shocking discovery of his life. 

He’s just found the killer’s secret....

©2021 Robert Ellis (P)2021 Robert Ellis

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“A moody, white-knuckle murder tale. Ellis’ story moves at a steady beat; brief scenes and rapid-fire dialogue deftly showcase the detective methodically unraveling the mystery. Moreover, there’s a taut atmosphere, as Matt examines crime scenes alone; covertly meets someone at a fog-covered, darkened house; and even stumbles on another body. The narrative further intensifies once the villain becomes evident. Questions linger all the way to the end while the denouement will surely reverberate long after readers have finished this riveting book.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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