From Publishers Weekly Cold-blooded, sadistic serial killings plague New York City?s Upper East Side in this gripping standalone from Pobi (River of the Dead). Tough-as-nails homicide detective Alexandra Hemingway, the city?s last hope, is already burdened with an unexpected pregnancy, lingering grief over a former lover?s slaying, and a stifling heat wave, but she finds herself consumed by the terrifying case, which involves multiple child abductions and a psychopath?s gruesome appetite for appendage removal. With her partner and father figure Detective Phelps at her side, and the NYPD?s full resources at her disposal, Hemingway has everything she needs?except time. And as the attacks continue, she begins to give in to despair. Her struggle?against both internal and external demons?makes this a story for those who can stomach the carnage and existential questioning; they will be spellbound. --This text refers to the Paperback edition. Read more From Booklist New York City is experiencing a seemingly interminable heat wave. NYPD homicide detective Alexandra ?Hemi? Hemingway has just learned she?s pregnant when she catches a disturbing case: the murder of a child. No suspects emerge. Then another child is killed. He looks amazingly like the first child, and his parents, like the first pair, are profoundly wealthy. Then another, same parameters. In the midst of the carnage, Hemi questions the wisdom of bringing a child into such a world. The detectives stumble on a thin lead: the mothers of the murdered children all used an exclusive, extraordinarily expensive fertility clinic. Pobi hit a few best-seller lists with Bloodman (2012), and he may strike gold again. The plotting here is airtight, but, above all, the novel delivers a frightening, Nietzschean horror show composed of equal parts hubris and unintended consequences. Fair warning: expect to sleep with the lights on after you turn the final page. --Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to the Paperback edition. Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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