For three summers, the residents of Atlanta have been gripped by terror when the temperature creeps up to a hundred. For with the relentless heat comes a vicious killer.
Each time, he takes two girls.
When the first body is discovered, it contains all the clues investigators need to find the second victim, who waits, prey to a slow but certain death. The police are never in time; the bodies always found months later in remote and dangerous places.
As a heatwave of epic proportions descends, the game begins again.
Two girls disappear and the clock is ticking. Rookie agent Kimberly Quincy stumbles across the first body in the grounds of the FBI training facility at Quantico. She's been face-to-face with a serial killer before and knows only too well why the killer has chosen Quantico to start the chase.
This time he's raising the stakes; he wants the FBI's finest to come out and play ...
About the Author
Lisa Gardner sold her first novel when she was just 20 years old. In 1993 she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations. She lives with her husband and daughter in New Hampshire.
Lisa Gardner's latest thriller will have her readers gripped and enthralled as the tension mounts, the heat intensifies and time begins to run out for four missing girls. Gardner knows exactly how to keep her fans on the edge of their seats, throwing in tantalising clues, stretching out the nerves to breaking point. Summer 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia, and it's hot, hot, hot. As the temperature mounts, a killer comes out to play, a killer who likes his victims in pairs. Two girls disappear that summer - one turns up soon after on a main highway, her body containing all the clues the police need to find the second victim. Only by the time they find her, it's too late. In the summer of 1999 and again in 2000, pairs of girls go missing; the police frantically try to track down the second girl in each case with only a series of obscure clues to guide them. One victim is pulled half-dead from a salt marsh - but by now there are five corpses and the killer is still on the loose. Three years on and once again the mercury is rising. Miles away from the original crime scene, in Quantico, Virginia, Kimberly Quincy is doing the FBI training course while struggling to cope with kowtowing to authority. She's already got a reputation for stubbornness and a lack of respect bordering on insubordination. When she literally trips over a dead body in the Quantico grounds during a PE exercise, she's determined to have a piece of the action - not only because she has to prove herself, but because violent death has played a part in her life already, and she has a score to settle. But this time the killer has changed the rules; instead of two girls, four have vanished, and it's only a matter of time before four corpses turn up. And time is definitely not on Kimberly's side.... Tightly plotted, fast paced and with a heroine who is a match for the best the FBI can offer, this is one book you will definitely not be able to put down. So, lock the door, turn off the phone and crack open the beer - and don't forget to put out the 'Do Not Disturb' sign! (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 435
Published: 1st September 2004
Dimensions (cm): 17.800 x 11.100 x 2.600
Weight (kg): 0.230