Homicide detective Taylor Jackson thinks she's seen it all in Nashville — but she's never seen anything as perverse as The Conductor. Once his victim is captured, he contains her in a glass coffin, slowly starving her to death. Only then does he give in to his attraction.
Later, he creatively disposes of the body by reenacting scenes from famous paintings. Strangely, similar macabre works are being displayed in Europe. Taylor teams up with her fiancé, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, and New Scotland Yard detective James "Memphis" Highsmythe — a haunted man who has eyes only for Taylor — to put an end to The Conductor's art collection.
Has the killer gone international? Or are there dueling artists, competing to create the ultimate masterpiece?
It is Samhain—the Blood Harvest. Nonbelievers call it Hallowe'en. The night when eight Nashville teenagers are found dead, with occult symbols carved into their naked bodies. It's a ritual the killers believe was blessed by Death himself.
When children are victimized, emotions always run high, and this case has the public both outraged and terrified: a dangerous combination. Recently reinstated homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows she has to act quickly, but tread carefully.
Exploring the baffling culture of mysticism and witchcraft, Taylor is immersed in a darkness that threatens to unbalance the order of her world, and learns how unchecked wrath can push a killer to his limits.
Talent borrows. Genius steals. Evil delegates.
It's a hideous echo of a violent past. Across America, murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam. The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows instantly that The Pretender is back…and he's got helpers.
As The Pretender's disciples perpetrate their sick homages—stretching police and FBI dangerously thin—Taylor tries desperately to prepare for their inevitable showdown. And she must do it alone. To be close to her is to be in mortal danger, and she won't risk losing anyone she loves. But the isolation, the self-doubt and the rising body count are taking their toll—she's tripwire tense and ready to snap.
The brilliant psychopath who both adores and despises her is drawing close. Close enough to touch ...
I loved these books, they were a great continuation of a series. One that I really enjoy, one that I really love! Such great mysteries, such great characters, and such great endings, with real consequences! I love every page!
Taylor grew in these books, and she really faced the worst thing that she's ever had to in her life, The Pretender, and I was glad that it wrapped up, and I loved all the little taunts in the first 2, they just made the tension higher, and made me want to read it more and more!
It was a great way to end the plot line of the Pretender, and I loved the way each case was creepy, and with villains that I loved to hate. I mean, he'd caused all that damage, and just seemed impossible to catch-but she did it!
If you're looking for a great crime series, check this one out now!
Author: J.T. Ellison
Series: Taylor Jackson #4, 5, 6
Read: May 29th, 30th, June 1st, 2011
Reason Why: I'm really enjoying this series!
Published: March 1st 2010, September 21st 2010, February 15th 2011
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